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Short stories set in Edwardian England. Interesting yet told from a perspective designed to poke at the mores of the time. The characters do the oddest things at times. Think Jeeves and Wooster but without the inherent niceness.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
There are five stories in this collection: the delightful and subtle Mrs. Packletide's Tiger; the very dark Sredni Vashtar -- be warned;The Peace of Mowsle Barton; the radical and in these days non-PC story The Unrest-Cure, which is, however, extremely funny once you stop gasping with shock; and Tobermory, a story of a cat that learns to talk, causing immediate consternation among the house-party of guests near whose bedroom windows he has been walking freely.
Stephen Fry's reading is of course perfect: it was obvious on sight of the offering that he would be a wonderful Saki reader, as the wry, sophisticated, ironic tone is common to both Saki and Fry. I wish Stephen Fry would do more recordings of dedicated Saki collections.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
I bought this solely due to the fact Stephen Fry was reading it, and that I had bought the Anton Chekhov and Oscar Wilde books in the same series. Like the other two authors, I have never read anything by this author before and so did not know what to expect.
The book is worth getting for the story about the Open Window. I found that a great read and found myself laughing in car.
In the main the stories are witty at times, and like the other books in the series provide a good insight into the style and creativity of the author.
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