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Very pleased with this
on 28 November 2016
Decades ago I bought a book "The Best of Saki" with 49 stories, and enjoyed it immensely. But having recently heard a 3 hour special on Saki on BBC Radio 4 Extra, I wanted more. I ordered the "Complete Short Stories" but quickly saw that someone has said it doesn't include them all. I cancelled that immediately and ordered this one instead.
It seems an excellent buy. There are 135 stories. A few earlier ones are just a couple of pages, others longer of course, but each can be read at one sitting. Of particular interest to me is "The Toys of Peace" which he wrote during WW1 and was published posthumously. And there are many stories I'd never heard of. If you want a comprehensive collection, this is the one to get. As for the literary aspects, I'll leave it to others to write in detail about that. I just find his work fascinating, beautifully written, and full of surprises. He was clearly influenced by Wilde, and in turn influenced Roald Dahl. A major figure in the art of the short story.