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Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse that Helped (Penguin Mini Modern Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Feb 2011


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (15 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014119622X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141196220
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.6 x 16.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 811,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hector Hugo Munro, better known by his pen name Saki, was born in Burma in 1870. He came to England for schooling following the early death of his mother, and was raised by his grandmother. After much travelling he followed in his fathers footsteps and worked for the Indian Imperian Police in Burma, before falling ill and returning to England to pursue a career in journalism. He published his first book, The Rise of the Russian Empire, in 1900. Throughout his writing career he worked as a foreign correspondent and fought in World War I, during which he was killed by a sniper in 1916. He was considered a master of the short story.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Stevens on 27 May 2011
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This is one of the new range of Penguin Mini Modern Classics and contains seven of Saki's short stories: `Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped', `Tobermory', `Mrs Packletide's Tiger', `Sredni Vashtar', `The Music on the Hill', `The Recessional' and `The Cobweb'.

Saki's stories are absolutely marvellous. They remind me a bit of E. F. Benson in their tone and focus on the foibles of the upper middle class, but unlike Benson (who I always feel has a soft spot for his characters no matter how much he may mock them) Saki is merciless in his approach. The stories are dry, witty and biting and if they were long enough for the reader to get to know the characters at all it would be easy for them to seem rather cruel, but because they are only brief snapshots the reader is able to laugh without any accompanying feeling of guilt. They may be a little bizarre and dark at times (`Sredni Vashtar' for example is the story of a young boy who has a pet ferret that he turns into a god) but they always have a proper narrative arc and so they are very satisfying to read.

Although all the stories are entertaining, my two favourites are `Tobermory' and `Mrs Packletide's Tiger'. `Tobermory' is about Mr Cornelius Appin, who announces at Lady Blemley's weekend gathering that he has found a way to teach animals to talk and has successfully taught the cat, Tobermory, to talk.
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Ranging from tales of foul-tasting cereal, through to the dangers of talking animals, the price of vanity, unloved guardians, the timeless gods, prophetic poetry, and the indefatigability of the old ways, these stories are as uncomplicated as they are caustic, and are collated into a neat stockpile of social satire.

As gritty, charming, and eclectic collection of stories you'd be hard pushed to find in a library, let alone in such a svelte tome of short stories, this book as much one to be read in a single sitting, as it is one to be mulled over teasingly. Quite simply a pleasure to read.
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