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Reginald Hardcover – December 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1598184877 ISBN-10: 1598184873

 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Aegypan (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598184873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598184877
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 – 13 November 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, and also frequently as H. H. Munro, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirised Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, and Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward, and P. G. Wodehouse. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By deus_ex_libris on January 29, 2013
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Saki was one of A. A. Milne's favourites, and this speaks volumes for his quality & is enough reason alone for you to pick him up. There's a rather lovely Edwardian sensibility to his work although with the benefit of history, the clouds of the Great War loom on the horizon of several of the short stories. Well worth keeping on your Kindle to repeatedly dip into.The "Folio Society" editions of his work are very well made, often available 2nd-hand via Amazon & are fine additions to any library.
(NB This review is appended to other public domain Saki works)
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Full of interesting repartee and some socially relevant ideas but not largely dated. Worth it to th collector or linguist. Others might want to pass.
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By Robert Guttman on January 15, 2013
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Saki (the pen name for H. H. Munro) was the brilliant satirist and humorist of Edwardian England. His subject was the upper classes of British society during the period between the Boer Wars and the beginning of World War I, when the British Empire reached it's zenith. "Reginald" contains fifteen short stories, humorous little gems, all involving Saki's inimitable character, Reginald.

Like all of Saki's protagonists, Reginald is young, worldly, sophisticated, vain, glib, effete, slightly decadent, a bit cruel, and extremely witty. As a member of the British upper class he is welcomed into the best houses in the country. However, thanks to his outrageous conduct and conversation, seemingly he is seldom welcomed more than once.

Those enamored of Downton Abbey will particularly love this book, since it is set squarely in the same era and venue. However, if they come for ambiance, they will surely stay for Saki's extraordinarily sharp wit and satire. Perhaps Christopher Morely characterized the work of Saki best when he wrote of him:

"There is something specially Chinese
In Saki's Tory Humour,
He has the claw of the demon cat
Beneath the brilliant robe
Suavest comedian, silkiest satirist,
Smoothe as a shave
With a new razor-blade"
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