For a long time I've promised myself that I'd read more of Saki's stuff. Saki's name was H.H.Munro and he died in the the Great War (aka WW I)in 1916. It was a great loss for literature.Previously the only thing I'd read of his was Tobermory which is perhaps his most famous story. It's about a cat being taught to speak, and it's been anthologised many times.So tonight I downloaded Beasts and Super-Beasts from Gutenberg. I found the first stories funny and refreshing and not full of the insults that often pass for humour these days.Sometimes it's possible to anticipate what's going to happen, but it's still funny when the final effect is visulised.I just thought I'd post in case anybody here is a bit down and needed the cheering lift of a touch of laughter. And the price is right, of course, absolutely free.Weird Jim"Good reading is the only test of good writing"Robertson Davies. A voice from the attic 1960
Are there any anthologies over on Gutenberg that contain Tobermory that you know of? Because that's a story I have to read. His other stuff sounds fun, too, but a cat being taught to speak? Now that I know it exists, I must read it...
I'm going through one of his anthologies now; if it has Tobermory I'll post.I've just made a search. Tobermory comes from The Chronicles of Clovis and is available on line. My search terms: Tobermory Saki.Edit: I decided that I may as well post the link. http://www.sff.net/people/DoyleMacdonald/l_tober.htmWeird Jim"Good reading is the only test of good writing"Robertson Davies. A voice from the attic 1960
I acquired a Saki collection over 30 years ago and it is something I return to frequently. My favourites are Laura, The Open Window, The Peace of Mowsle Barton and, of course, Sredni Vashtar.