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Reginald ☀ Reginald PDF / Epub ✍ Author Saki – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Saki was the pen name of British author Hector Hugh Munro a witty often macabre author who wrote an appreciative novel of the German conuest of England and then in his forties mind you signed up to di Saki was the pen name of British author Hector Hugh Munro a witty often macabre author who wrote an appreciative novel of the German conuest of England and then in his forties mind you signed up to die on the Belgian front during World War I He's considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O Henry and Dorothy Parker His stories are generally short and often memorable If you haven't read him before you're in for a treat.


About the Author: Saki

Hector Hugh Munro better known by the pen name Saki was born in Akyab Burma now known as Sittwe Myanmar was a British writer whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and culture He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O Henry and Dorothy Parker His tales feature delicately drawn characters and finely judged narratives The Open.



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  1. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    Lesson to last a lifetime never put pressure on an aesthete or lover of books or someone with highly refined taste to attend a social occasion filled with idle chit chat It will not work as the narrator of this delightfully hilarious Saki tale finds out the hard way And keeping in the spirit of this snapping Saki shorty and as something of a bonus I hope I have included my own microfiction beneath the illustration of those two Victorian gentlemen Bon appétit REGINALDI did it–I who should have known better I persuaded Reginald to go to the McKillops’ garden party against his willWe all make mistakes occasionally“They know you’re here and they’ll think it so funny if you don’t go And I want particularly to be in with Mrs McKillop just now”“I know you want one of her smoke Persian kittens as a prospective wife for Wumples–or a husband is it?” Reginald has a magnificent scorn for details other than sartorial “And I am expected to undergo social martyrdom to suit the connubial exigencies” –“Reginald It’s nothing of the kind only I’m sure Mrs McKillop Would be pleased if I brought you Young men of your brilliant attractions are rather at a premium at her garden parties”“Should be at a premium in heaven” remarked Reginald complacently“There will be very few of you there if that is what you mean But seriously there won’t be any great strain upon your powers of endurance; I promise you that you shan’t have to play crouet or talk to the Archdeacon’s wife or do anything that is likely to bring on physical prostration You can just wear your sweetest clothes and moderately amiable expression and eat chocolate creams with the appetite of a blase parrot Nothing is demanded of you”Reginald shut his eyes “There will be the exhaustingly up to date young women who will ask me if I have seen San Toy a less progressive grade who will yearn to hear about the Diamond Jubilee–the historic event not the horse With a little encouragement they will inuire if I saw the Allies march into Paris Why are women so fond of raking up the past? They’re as bad as tailors who invariably remember what you owe them for a suit long after you’ve ceased to wear it”“I’ll order lunch for one o’clock; that will give you two and a half hours to dress in”Reginald puckered his brow into a tortured frown and I knew that my point was gained He was debating what tie would go with which waistcoatEven then I had my misgivings During the drive to the McKillops’ Reginald was possessed with a great peace which was not wholly to be accounted for by the fact that he had inveigled his feet into shoes a size too small for them I misgave than ever and having once launched Reginald on to the McKillops’ lawn I established him near a seductive dish of marrons glaces and as far from the Archdeacon’s wife as possible; as I drifted away to a diplomatic distance I heard with painful distinctness the eldest Mawkby girl asking him if he had seen San ToyIt must have been ten minutes later not and I had been having UITE an enjoyable chat with my hostess and had promised to lend her The Eternal City and my recipe for rabbit mayonnaise and was just about to offer a kind home for her third Persian kitten when I perceived out of the corner of my eye that Reginald was not where I had left him and that the marrons glaces were untasted At the same moment I became aware that old Colonel Mendoza was essaying to tell his classic story of how he introduced golf into India and that Reginald was in dangerous proximity There are occasions when Reginald is caviare to the Colonel“When I was at Poona in ’76” –“My dear Colonel” purred Reginald “fancy admitting such a thing Such a give away for one’s age I wouldn’t admit being on this planet in ’76” Reginald in his wildest lapses into veracity never admits to being than twenty twoThe Colonel went to the colour of a fig that has attained great ripeness and Reginald ignoring my efforts to intercept him glided away to another part of the lawn I found him a few minutes later happily engaged in teaching the youngest Rampage boy the approved theory of mixing absinthe within full earshot of his mother Mrs Rampage occupies a prominent place in local Temperance movementsAs soon as I had broken up this unpromising tete a tete and settled Reginald where he could watch the crouet players losing their tempers I wandered off to find my hostess and renew the kitten negotiations at the point where they had been interrupted I did not succeed in running her down at once and eventually it was Mrs McKillop who sought me out and her conversation was not of kittens“Your cousin is discussing Zaza with the Archdeacon’s wife; at least he is discussing she is ordering her carriage”She spoke in the dry staccato tone of one who repeats a French exercise and I knew that as far as Millie McKillop was concerned Wumples was devoted to a lifelong celibacy“If you don’t mind” I said hurriedly “I think we’d like our carriage ordered too” and I made a forced march in the direction of the crouet groundI found everyone talking nervously and feverishly of the weather and the war in South Africa except Reginald who was reclining in a comfortable chair with the dreamy far away look that a volcano might wear just after it had desolated entire villages The Archdeacon’s wife was buttoning up her gloves with a concentrated deliberation that was fearful to behold I shall have to treble my subscription to her Cheerful Sunday Evenings Fund before I dare set foot in her house againAt that particular moment the crouet players finished their game which had been going on without a symptom of finality during the whole afternoon Why I ask should it have stopped precisely when a counter attraction was so necessary? Everyone seemed to drift towards the area of disturbance of which the chairs of the Archdeacon’s wife and Reginald formed the storm centre Conversation flagged and there settled upon the company that expectant hush that precedes the dawn– when your neighbours don’t happen to keep poultry“What did the Caspian Sea?” asked Reginald with appalling suddennessThere were symptoms of a stampede The Archdeacon’s wife looked at me Kipling or someone has described somewhere the look a foundered camel gives when the caravan moves on and leaves it to its fate The peptonised reproach in the good lady’s eyes brought the passage vividly to my mindI played my last card“Reginald it’s getting late and a sea mist is coming on” I knew that the elaborate curl over his right eyebrow was not guaranteed to survive a sea mist“Never never again will I take you to a garden party Never You behaved abominably What did the Caspian see?”A shade of genuine regret for misused opportunities passed over Reginald’s face“After all” he said “I believe an apricot tie would have gone better with the lilac waistcoat”THE BACKHANDED COMPLEMENTAll the people gather round and shower me with compliments Right in the middle of my shower someone enters our gathering and delivers a backhanded compliment I feel all the indignity and shock of having been slapped in the face by the back of someone's hand Not the smooth palm but the bony backhand Had the deliverer of this backhanded compliment remained with us I would confront him with his affront to my dignity But the backhander is no longer with us He delivered his backhanded complement and made his exit The other members share my indignity and shock at such an insultHow coarse and vile someone exclaims To say such a thing and then exit by the back door


  2. Rose Rose says:

    I love Munro His skill with the eminently uotable epigrams and pearls of wisdom effortlessly embedded in his stories makes me surprised that he seems to receive less attention for them than Oscar Wilde does for his In this book some of my favourites includedTrouble is not one of those fancies you can take up and drop at any moment; it's like a grouse moor or the opium habit once you start it you've got to keep it upTo my mind education is an absurdly over rated affair At least one never took it very seriously at school where everything was done to bring it prominently under one's notice Anything that is worth knowing one practically teaches oneself and the rest obtrudes itself sooner or laterHors d'oeuvres have always a pathetic interest for me said Reginald they remind me of one's childhood that one goes through wondering what the next course is going to be like and during the rest of the menu one wishes one had eaten of the hors d'oeuvresChildren are given us to discourage our better emotionsAnd as a bonus I loved the description of a girl who wears a frock that's made at home and repented at leisure


  3. Eleanor Eleanor says:

    Just like a perfect soufflé light and utterly delicious Very reminiscent of Oscar WildeReginald had left the selection of a feeding ground to her womanly intuition but he chose the wine himself knowing that womanly intuition stops short at claret A woman will cheerfully choose husbands for her less attractive friends or take sides in a political controversy without the least knowledge of the issues involved but no woman ever cheerfully chose a claret Reginald at the CarltonandThe young have aspirations that never come to pass the old have reminiscences of what never happened It's only the middle aged who are really conscious of their limitations that is why one should be so patient with them But one never is Reginald at the CarltonHighly recommended as a pick me up


  4. Leslie Leslie says:

    I found these short stories which are very short by the way very amusing but very British turn of the century meaning the early 1900s not the early 2000s Those readers not familiar with this period might not understand what is so funny about themHowever I think that if you like the humor of Oscar Wilde it would be worth trying some of Saki's short stories


  5. Scott Scott says:

    Elegant urbane and effete with a surprising streak of cruelty Reginald is a perfect antidote to Baden Powell's Boy Scouts or maybe the raison d'etre for the whole youth movement Reginald exercises his snarky wit against the foibles of Edwardian England's upper crust at the expense of capitalists imperialists and the poor lads in the choir If you like Wilde's brilliant repartee or Wodehouse's cheeky Psmith or the nearly sadistic tone of Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales for Children you'll very probably enjoy Saki's Reginald 1904


  6. Diane Diane says:

    A funny often anarchic collections of short fiction about Reginald a mischievous young man who delights in causing trouble especially for older conservative members of society The narrator of Reginald statesI did it — I who should have known better  I persuaded Reginald to go to the McKillops’ garden party against his will We all make mistakes occasionallyThat's a bit of understatement considering Reginald's behavior at the partyThen there's the attempt of the vicar's daughter to reform Reginald She mistakenly allows him to supervise the annual outing of the choirboys that culminates in a Bacchanalian procession through the villageThe singing had died down long before the main street was reached but the miserable wailing of pipes brought the inhabitants to their doors  Reginald said he had seen something like it in pictures; the villagers had seen nothing like it in their lives and remarked as much freelyReginald’s family never forgave him  They had no sense of humourThen there's his prank on the rather pompous Miss Langshan SmithThere was a paper pinned on her door with a signed reuest that she might be called particularly early on the morrow  Such an opportunity does not come twice in a lifetime  I covered up everything except the signature with another notice to the effect that before these words should meet the eye she would have ended a misspent life was sorry for the trouble she was giving and would like a military funeral  A few minutes later I violently exploded an air filled paper bag on the landing and gave a stage moan that could have been heard in the cellars  Then I pursued my original intention and went to bed  The noise those people made in forcing open the good lady’s door was positively indecorous; she resisted gallantly but I believe they searched her for bullets for about a uarter of an hour as if she had been an historic battlefieldReginald also sees himself as a philosopher and has opinions on just about everything For example on auntsThen there are aunts  They are always a difficult class to deal with in the matter of presents  The trouble is that one never catches them really young enough  By the time one has educated them to an appreciation of the fact that one does not wear red woollen mittens in the West End they die or uarrel with the family or do something eually inconsiderate  That is why the supply of trained aunts is always so precariousOn canaries I knew a canary once that had been trying for months and years to hatch out a family and everyone looked upon it as a blameless infatuation like the sale of Delagoa Bay which would be an annual loss to the Press agencies if it ever came to pass; and one day the bird really did bring it off in the middle of family prayers  I say the middle but it was also the end you can’t go on being thankful for daily bread when you are wondering what on earth very new canaries expect to be fed onEducationAnd then there’s the Education uestion — not that I can see that there’s anything to worry about in that direction  To my mind education is an absurdly over rated affair  At least one never took it very seriously at school where everything was done to bring it prominently under one’s notice  Anything that is worth knowing one practically teaches oneself and the rest obtrudes itself sooner or later  The reason one’s elders know so comparatively little is because they have to unlearn so much that they acuired by way of education before we were bornChildrenIt is dreadful to think that other people’s grandchildren may one day rise up and call one amiable There are moments when one sympathises with HerodReginald is like a mix of MASH the Marx brothers and P G Wodehouse The stories sometimes lag which is why I only gave it four stars but there is a lot that is very funny especially Reginald's Choir Treat and Reginald's Christmas Revel There is a seuel Reginald in Russia which I have not read yet


  7. Mo Mo says:

    I read these short stories off and on over the past month They brought to mind a uote by Oscar Wilde


  8. H. P. Reed H. P. Reed says:

    Reginald is Bertie Wooster with edge Lots of edge Or perhaps he's actually a cat in human form Yes admirer of felines though I am they are like Reginald lackadaisical and selfish to an almost virtuous degree There's no desire to please in Reginald no wish to keep the peace He is focused on only one issue the care and feeding of Reginald I wouldn't want to meet him in the preciously dressed flesh but Saki's Bright Young Thing is fun to follow in this book He says things normal people would never think of saying to all the stuffy self satisfied upper middle class folk he meets An illustrative passage gives us an idea of Reginald's general behavior when bored His friend who brought him to a garden party tells us thatReginald ignoring my efforts to intercept him glided away to another part of the lawn I found him a few minutes later happily engaged in teaching the youngest Rampage boy the approved theory of mixing absinthe within full earshot of his mother Mrs Rampage occupies a prominent place in local Temperance movementsWhile we in the 21st century are long past the day of Temperance movements we can still appreciate the chaos that Reginald brings to a very boring situation In relieving himself he brightens our day


  9. Bhan13 Bhan13 says:

    A familiarity with Edwardian England and Victorian literature increases enjoyment of this book a lot because of the constant references I am reading this aloud to others and sometimes we're laughing so hard we're crying We all adore Reginald although he is so terrible it would be hard to have him in the houseIt's hard to pick just a few epigrams because Munro is such a master I wish I could just copy out 'Reginald on House Parties' and 'Reginald's Peace Poem' in their entiretyWaldo is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death‘The Feast of Nemesis’Reginald sat in a corner of the Princess’s salon and tried to forgive the furniture which started out with an obvious intention of being Louis uinze but relapsed at freuent intervals into Wilhelm II‘Reginald in Russia’Reginald closed his eyes with the elaborate weariness of one who has rather nice eyelashes and thinks it useless to conceal the fact‘Reginald’s Drama’Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people‘Reginald at the Carlton’Reginald in his wildest lapses into veracity never admits to being than twenty two‘Reginald’We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth but like other married couples they sometimes live apart'The Unbearable Bassington' ch 13 1912


  10. Rishit Rishit says:

    A very nice collection of short stories by the famed writer of the 90's Hector Hugh MunroSaki The book's based on a young man ReginaldThe book's really fun to read and is very gripping It's a very light read


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