HH Munroe (Saki)

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HH Munroe (Saki)

Post by ed » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:58 am

Some of the most memorable short stories that I have read are by him. He died, as did so many Brits of that time, in a crappy field in France. He could have been commissioned but preferred to go as an enlisted man. He was 40 fucking 6. His work deserves a broader appreciation.

This is one of my favorites, The Open Window. Read it in one sitting, it's short. It is almost a perfect short story.

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stori ... eWin.shtml

A Taste:
"My aunt will be down presently, Mr. Nuttel," said a very self-possessed young lady of fifteen; "in the meantime you must try and put up with me."

Framton Nuttel endeavoured to say the correct something which should duly flatter the niece of the moment without unduly discounting the aunt that was to come. Privately he doubted more than ever whether these formal visits on a succession of total strangers would do much towards helping the nerve cure which he was supposed to be undergoing.
Now go read it ... go on ... what are you waiting for? Too "busy"? Doing what, precisely? Moving papers from one side of your desk to the other? Oh, I get it, you are in tech, you don't move papers do you? You copy and past files from one folder to another :roll: Impressive.

Now read the goddamn thing before I come over there. :x
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Re: HH Munroe (Saki)

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:22 pm

Ever read his one novel When William Came ?

Written before the First World War about a German conquest of the UK.

Interesting detail: The silly ass posh types he parodied in his short stories are collaborators.
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Re: HH Munroe (Saki)

Post by ed » Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:53 pm

Started reading it. My patience is pretty low.
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Re: HH Munroe (Saki)

Post by ed » Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:53 pm

Like my spirit animal?

Amazing similarity to me.
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Re: HH Munroe (Saki)

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:16 pm

I hear they are good eatin'
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Re: HH Munroe (Saki)

Post by ed » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:34 pm

They are.

Gets the injuns a might ornery when a spirit animal gits et though.

I just pass out the blankets and move on.
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Re: HH Munroe (Saki)

Post by Fid » Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:52 pm

That is fucking great, thanks.
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Re: HH Munroe (Saki)

Post by ed » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:42 pm

Fid wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:52 pm
That is fucking great, thanks.
Me, the story or the blanket idea or eating a spirit animal?
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Re: HH Munroe (Saki)

Post by Fid » Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:08 pm

While I do consider you (lower case ed) to be rather awesome and heavily armed it was the story. And a goddam fucking his life was ended like that. Ravel wrote a piano concerto for the left hand not hard to figure why.
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