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Reginald

4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1598184877
ISBN-10: 1598184873
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About the Author

Saki was the pen name of the British writer Hector Hugh Munro (1870 1916). In addition to his short stories, of which he was an acknowledged master, he also wrote a full-length play, "The Watched Pot", in collaboration with Charles Maude; two one-act plays; a historical study, "The Rise of the Russian Empire"; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington"; a parody of Alice in Wonderland", "The Westminster Alice"; and a fantasy about England under German occupation, When William Came".
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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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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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Irreverence in line with "The Importance of Being Earnest," or, honestly, lots of early 20th century plays! Reginald is built of nothing but vice and cleverness, and he can talk around you so much that you become certain said vice is only the highest of virtues. The absurdities pile up with each story, but they all stand on their own, so feel to read this out of order, if you please.

Saki has some of the best punchlines of any writer I've ever seen. This being my particular favorite: "She leaned back and snorted, ‘You’re not the boy I took you for,’ as though she were an eagle arriving at Olympus with the wrong Ganymede." It flows so well, and the ending is so unexpected, but so perfect, for anyone with a bit of mythology knowledge. Just one word, and you know exactly how she has been speaking.

This book is in the public domain, so go out looking for it free at Project Gutenberg. Or, if you want an audio version, there's one for free at Librivox. And if you ever see a complete works of Saki book, GET IT. Well worth the investment!
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Hector Hugh Monro, who wrote under the pen name "Saki," died at the front in World War I. In the dark of the night, he had just ordered the man next to him to put out his cigarette, and it was Monro's head that the sniper's bullet hit.
It was the kind of incident that Saki would have satirized as he had satirized the social world of Edwardian Britain, a world which was shaken by the Titanic in 1912 and which was finished two years later by the World War. It was a sumptuous age (for those at the top of it,) an age inviting mockery and caricature, and no one lampooned it better than Saki.
"Reginald" was Saki's third book and typical of his work. Elegant and effete, Reginald made his way through garden parties, theater, the Royal Academy of Art, countless drawing rooms and "at homes," speaking in epigrams that were both amusing and biting.
"Never be a pioneer. It's the Early Christian that gets the fattest lion."
Every page will make you smile, but also leave you a bit uneasy. That's the effect that Saki had on his contemporaries, and a century later, the wit and the bite are still alive.
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