The Complete Short Stories by Saki, Read by Rupert Degas
Stories from One of the English Language’s Best
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English-Australian narrator Rupert Degas has a grand time giving voice to Saki’s Complete Short Stories, including tales of blustering, tyrannical aunts; mischievous children; and that most important of all English inventions—the twit. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss the stories of Saki (Hector Hugh Munro, 1870-1916), whose work is especially fun on audio. Degas reads the stories well—few do better at satirizing the foibles and follies of the upper classes. Listen closely, and you’ll hear why everyone from P.G. Wodehouse to Monty Python owes a huge debt to this Edwardian comic genius.
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