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The Essential Saki Collection [Illustrated] Kindle Edition

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Length: 983 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles S. Houser VINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
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If ever there was an author born to be read on a Kindle reader (or smart phone), that author is Saki (H. H. Munro), who flourished at the turn of the previous century (he died in WWI). Although he wrote three novels and three plays, he is mostly remembered for his prodigious output of arch and witty short stories. This ebook does not contain Saki's plays, but does contain two novels (The Unbearable Bassington; When William Came) and five of the six collections of short stories (Beasts and Super-Beasts; Reginald; Reginald in Russia and Other Stories; The Chronicles of Clovis; and Toys of Peace). It lacks The Square Egg (a collection of eight, mostly unremarkable stories).

Saki is the perfect Kindle author because his stories are mostly short pieces (3 to 6 pages long in the print edition). You can easily read two or three on your bus or subway commute to work or while waiting in you car while your partner rushes into a take-out restaurant to pick up dinner. The stories are insightful observations of human nature and social interactions (Saki being British, many of his stories turn on the foibles of the upper and upwardly mobile classes). The collection includes the often-anthologized stories "Mrs. Packletide's Tiger" and "The Open Window," as well as "The Story-Teller" (the latter is my all-time favorite Munro story).

Although the ePublisher says this collection has a "navigable" Table of Contents, this is misleading. You can access any of the seven volumes of the ebook from its Table of Contents, but you can't access individual stories within the four short story collections from the "non-navigable" tables of contents at the beginning of each collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NYC-Ill on October 6, 2012
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It's great to have these very funny stories available for Kindle, but this is another lazy re=packaging and not worth the money. Saki wrote pithy, short ironically hilarious stories of England's upper crust, but the TOC in this download only links to the BOOKS compiled, not the individual stories. So for practically 300 stories, there are 6 links.

Fine, it's cheap, but I'm refusing to buy anymore of these quick cash-ins. If the compilers won't do the basic work, I'm not going to support them. And I wish Amazon would raise the standards for repackages of public domain material.
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