Sredni Vashtar, and Other Stories
Born in Burma in 1870, Scottish writer H. H. Munro adopted the pseudonym Saki to satirize the social conventions, cruelty, and foolishness of the Edwardian era. His highly readable blend of flippant humor and outrageous inventiveness is often overlaid with a mood of horror. After Munro's untimely death in action during World War I, Christopher Morley wrote: "the empty glass we turn down for him is the fragile, hollow-stemmed goblet meant for the finest champagne; it is of the driest."
Readers can sample Munro's special brand of well-plotted satiric fiction in this inexpensive collection of five of his best tales. In addition to the title story, selections include "Tobermory," "Laura," "The Open Window" and "The Schartz-Metterklume Method." With its biting wit and vein of cruelty, Munro's work has sometimes been compared to early Evelyn Waugh; admirers of Waugh and other discerning readers are sure to savor this stimulating taste of vintage Saki.
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Review: Sredni Vashtar and Other StoriesUser Review - Elizabeth Bingham - Goodreads
Saki is terrifying and gratifying - he is the master of the short story and what make him so good is often lost on modern writers. It's sort of sad sometimes... Read full review
Review: Sredni Vashtar and Other StoriesUser Review - Andy Nieradko - Goodreads
Sredni Vashtar is probably my favorite short story ever. I can't wait until my sons are old enough to not be freaked out by it. Read full review