Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Saki

HH Munro, aka, Saki, was born today in Akyab, Burma, in 1870. His stories are brilliant and indescribable - who can forget Tobermory ( "If he was trying German irregular verbs on the poor beast," said Clovis, "he deserved all he got."), or the girl in The Open Window (Romance at short notice was her speciality.) or Lady Carlotta and The Schartz-Metterklume Method (
"How tiresome for you, dear Carlotta," said her
hostess, when the overdue guest ultimately arrived; "how
very tiresome losing your train and having to stop
overnight in a strange place."

"Oh dear, no," said Lady Carlotta; "not at all
tiresome - for me."
), or Conradin and Sredni Vashtar (
Sredni Vashtar went forth,
His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white.
His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death.
Sredni Vashtar the Beautiful.
), and the wolves, all the hungry wolves, in so many stories? Read Saki here.

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