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Amazing value for quality writing
on 28 February 2014
Having paid 37p for this enormous collection of works by Saki, I cannot recommend it too highly. The author was killed during WWI, at Beaumont-Hamel in 1916, shot through the head. The 1918 account of his loss is chilling, and shows clearly how highly he was regarded. The bulk of his writing appears to have been short stories, and they beautifully capture the atmosphere, habits, and thoughts of those who made up the 'society set' of the very comfortably off and their hangers-on. You can consider them to be dated, or you can regard them as an interesting slant on the society of its day (and there appears to be a huge number of people who can't do without their 'fix' of "Downton Abbey"). I find the stories, their settings, characters, and way of life, fascinating, especially when one considers what was to come so shortly afterwards. In that context, what makes for an extremely interesting read is "When William Came", published in 1913, and set in an England which has been utterly defeated in a blitzkrieg campaign, leaving the country under the rule of a German-speaking overlord, whose eagle standard flies over Buckingham Palace: brilliant!