(first published 1924)
Saki – Hector Hugh Munro ( 1870-1916)
Eight amusing short pieces by Hector Hugh Munro (pen name Saki) who died in the First World War, collected and published posthumously in 1924.
The eponymous first story although humorous includes some indications of the horror of trench warfare. Though Munro was over the age of conscription he volunteered to fight. Rothay Reynolds in an appreciation of Munro written for an earlier posthumous collection quoted the officer in command of the 22nd Royal Fusiliers (Saki’s regiment):
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Total running time: 1:06:26 – Read in English by Tim Bulkeley
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1 – The Square Egg: a badger’s eye view of the mud war in the trenches – 14:24
2 – Birds of the Western Front – 9:27
3 – The Gala Programme: an unrecorded episode in Roman history – 17:56
4 – The Infernal Parliament – 9:15
5 – The Achievement of the Cat – 6:02
6 – The Old Town of Pskoff – 8:13
7 – Clovis on the Alleged Romance of Business – 3:26
8 – The Comments of Moung Ka – 7:39
Prooflistening was done by Piotr Nater.
Meta-Coordination was done by Hokuspokus.
Catalogued 22. May 2014