The Square Egg and Other Sketches

Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)

(3.3 stars; 5 reviews)

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):

“Poor Saki! What an admiration we all had for him, I always quoted him as one of the heroes of the war. I saw daily the appalling discomforts he so cheerfully endured. He flatly refused to take a commission or in any way to allow me to try to make him more comfortable. General Vaughan told him that a brain like his was wasted as a private soldier. He just smiled. He was absolutely splendid. What courage! The men simply loved him.” - Summary by Tim Bulkeley

This recording was originally published on and was later released on Librivox when US copyright permitted. (1 hr 6 min)


The Square Egg: a badger’s eye view of the mud war in the trenches 14:30 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
Birds of the Western Front 9:26 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
The Gala Programme: an unrecorded episode in Roman history 7:55 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
The Infernal Parliament 9:13 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
The Achievement of the Cat 6:01 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
The Old Town of Pskoff 8:11 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
Clovis on the Alleged Romance of Business 3:25 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
The Comments of Moung Ka 7:31 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)