The Best of Saki
No writer has combined laughter with savagery more devastatingly than Saki. Though he died nearly ninety years ago, the blackness of his comedy is contemporary and his wit has lost none of its freshness and sparkle.
At Edwardian tea tables, his elegant characters defend themselves against a malignant Nature waiting to kill and maim. As Tom Sharpe says, ‘Step out through the French windows and you are in the realms of Pan . . .’
This selection of the best of Saki’s stories gives a new generation the opportunity to be dazzlingly entertained – and to discover a rare and original contribution to English literature.
‘Start a Saki story and you will finish it. Finish one and you will start another, and having finished them all you will never forget them. They remain an addiction because they are much more than funny’ Tom Sharpe
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fist - LibraryThing
What a delightful find. Saki is clearly the heir of Oscar Wilde, with similar acerbic wit honed with fine psychological observations. One wonders what kind of writer he could have become had WWI not ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jorgearanda - LibraryThing
A collection of short stories for and about the rich Edwardian British classes, filled with dark humor and unbearably thin and trivial characters. Like Wilde without the genius. However, a few of the stories do bite beautifully and painfully. Read full review