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The Short Stories of Saki (1930)

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The buttoned-up world of the British upper classes is exploded by the brilliance, wit and audacity of Saki's bomb-like stories. In 'The Open Window' an imaginative teenager gives a visitor the fright of his life. In 'The Unrest Cure' the ordered home of a respectable country gent is rocked to its core. And 'Laura' expresses the hope of revenge via reincarnation. For punchlines, twists, satire and pure mirth, Saki's stories are second-to-none.… (més)
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A few were crude, some were strange, many were clever, most were funny. A very different kind of storytelling than the epic saga, and thus refreshing in a way. I recommend to any who delight in witty social commentary but haven't entire afternoons to devote to leisure. ( )
  Michael_J | Jun 2, 2022 |
Beautiful stories that touch the soul. Filled with Eastern mysticism, each story is a little shining light.

I was given this book by an English professor at a college in Minnesota where I spent a winter.

He and I shared our mutual love of poetry and prose. He gave me an old copy of this book, dedicated to "The one who came to visit and stayed." ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
Nice characterization: Witty horror stories somewhat in the style of Stephen King or Brian Evenson.

Mean characterization: Stories for Sadists.

Defense: "You knew what I was when you picked me up."

Me: Yes, I guess I did.
  cpg | Feb 14, 2022 |
I like Saki's supernatural stories, and bought this book so I'd have all of them. ( )
  CodyMaxwellBooks | Oct 30, 2021 |
I don't own this book but anytime I read a Saki story, I track it here.

Read:
~ The Open Window (1911) 4*
Humorous Visitor was tricked into thinking homeowner left window open for missing husband to come home, caused him to be spooked when he did

~ The Cobweb (1914) - 2019 - 3.5* short story.
The wife of the current owner of a family farmhouse daydreams of claiming a bit of the home for herself, in particular the beautiful sitting window in the kitchen. But with the home comes an old woman who has been working in the home for decades. How can she possibly claim something that has been the domain of another for so long? No matter, the husband dies and the woman is forced to move on as the farmhouse goes to the next relative. That part spoke to me and spoke louder than the "horror" part of the story which was the old lady's premonition with a twist.

I liked the reading between the lines it caused in me, regarding the "shadows" of owners past, their brief stays in the homes, rarely documented but they were there. People living their lives, working their asses off, raising their families, making their plans.

I got to live in a 250 year old farmhouse in my early teens. It was memorable, I could see the shadows of the former owners everywhere.

~ Sredni Vashtar (1910) - 2019 - 4* short story An ill orphan boy living with an unkind pious aunt carves out a bit of a sanctuary for himself. In this haven, he prays to a different god, Sredni Vashtar, a ferret. His aunt tries to take away his sanctuary ... Here are some free sources
Free audio: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sredni_vashtar_saki_tpk.ogg
Free version: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Clovis/Sredni_Vashtar

~ Gabriel-Ernest (1909) - Spotify/Podcastle - Jan 2020 - 4* Narrator did a fantastic job. The reveals of the story were fun and well done. I'll never skip one of his stories as I come across them. from wiki: "Gabriel-Ernest" starts with a warning: "There is a wild beast in your woods..." As the story progresses, we learn from that Gabriel is indeed wild, feral – a werewolf in fact. The story uses the idea of lycanthropy as a metaphor for adolescence. The story's climax is when Gabriel is revealed to have taken a small child home from Sunday school. A pursuit ensues but Gabriel and the child disappear near a river. The only items found are the clothes of Gabriel and the two are never seen again.

~ Down Pens (1914) - Feb 2020 - 2* From a time gone by. A couple sick of writing so many letters that aren't really truthful, "thank-you for the calendar, we love it", daydream of ways to get out of the need.

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The Open Window
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The buttoned-up world of the British upper classes is exploded by the brilliance, wit and audacity of Saki's bomb-like stories. In 'The Open Window' an imaginative teenager gives a visitor the fright of his life. In 'The Unrest Cure' the ordered home of a respectable country gent is rocked to its core. And 'Laura' expresses the hope of revenge via reincarnation. For punchlines, twists, satire and pure mirth, Saki's stories are second-to-none.

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