A masterful collection of 28 short stories by Edwardian satirist Hector Hugh Munro, who wrote under the pseudonym “Saki”. The Chronicles of Clovis includes many of Saki’s best known tales, exemplifying his witty and multi-layered storytelling, satirizing the habits and morals of British society of his day.
Esme The Match-Maker Tobermory
Mrs. Packletide's Tiger
The Stampeding of Lady Bastable
The Background Hermann the Irascible
The Jesting of Arlington Stringham
Adrian The Chaplet
The Easter Egg
The Music on the Hill
The Story of St. Vespaluus
The Way to the Dairy
The Peace Offering
The Peace of Mowsle Barton
The Talking-out of Tarrington
The Hounds of Fate
A Matter of Sentiment
The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope
Ministers of Grace
The Remoulding of Groby Lington
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Saki's always a treat
Many other very British and very funny authors. Think PG Wodehouse, early Evelyn Waugh, Jerome K. Jerome.
The choice of a female narrator for the male POV character jarred. I think I was spoiled by hearing the Stephen Fry Reads Saki stories first. That set very high expectations. There was nothing wrong with the narration; it was thoroughly professional. It just didn't match up to my expectation. I did listen to the sample, and thought this would not be an issue for me. I was wrong.
Clovis, of course, as the archly witty POV character, and poor, supplicant Conradin in Srendi Vashtar.
I first read these stories probably 40 years ago, and go back to the Saki short stories from time to time over the years. This is literary comfort food.
Great stories, inept casting
- Die Falknerin