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The Unbearable Bassington

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(4,297 Sterne; 32 Bewertungen)

The Unbearable Bassington was the first novel written by Saki (H. H. Munro). It also contains much of the elegant wit found in his short stories. Comus (The Unbearable) Bassington, is a charming young man about town. His perversity however thwarts all his mother’s efforts to advance his prospects and lands him in hot water. Like many a “black sheep” he ends up being sent off to one of the colonies to fend for himself. This book showcases Saki’s wonderful writing and that ability to be so very funny and terribly sad at the same time. (Summary by Noel Badrian) (5 hr 31 min)

Chapters

01 - Chapter 1

20:45

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02 - Chapter 2

12:50

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03 - Chapter 3

15:57

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04 - Chapter 4

22:59

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05 - Chapter 5

14:15

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06 - Chapter 6

22:23

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07 - Chapter 7

26:17

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08 - Chapter 8

18:05

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09 - Chapter 9

18:59

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10 - Chapter 10

20:07

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11 - Chapter 11

19:08

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12 - Chapter 12

25:36

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13 - Chapter 13

23:30

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14 - Chapter 14

18:17

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15 - Chapter 15

20:33

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16 - Chapter 16

15:50

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17 - Chapter 17

15:45

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Bewertungen

excellent reading

(5 Sterne)

Good grief.....not what I was expecting at all. I've read all of Saki's short stories and I should have been prepared. An eviscerating satire of the English upper middle class. Not many likable characters but a very skillfully told story with so many insights and incredible single lines of brilliant analysis. If you've ever wished to be a part of that set, this will cure you. I lived in England for two years and I saw some of what he is writing about. As an outsider, we can't really understand. But H.H. Munro does.

A Good Story

(5 Sterne)

The story is very well written and Mr. Badrian is phenomenally good at telling it. I kept looking for the good in the people but alas, found none. It’s worth a listen as it’s biting satire is so well done. Good grief people can be shallow!

A spoiled, selfish young man seeks his fortune

(3 Sterne)

Well read bitter satire of Edwardian life among the wannabe upwardly mobile. If you're feeling low, avoid. It is ultimately an immensely depressing tale. However if you're wealthy, privileged and happy, then you might enjoy. Nonetheless, it is sharply observed and insightful and makes one wonder how H. H. Munro's later novels would have turned out if he had survived the Great War. The reader is excellent.

Not quite as charming as later work by the same author

(3 Sterne)

As Saki’s first novel I suppose I should cut him some slack. Witty, but not as witty as his later short pieces. Terribly cruel to his characters, but not quite so charmingly as later. Well read. Recommended for people who like class satire; Oscar Wilde fans, for example.

Noel Badrian is masterful, understated, perfect in his reading

(5 Sterne)

This story is very powerful in the way that it all comes full circle. The worst thing to happen to anyone is to actually get the thing they thought they most desired.

Great reading. Good book.

(4 Sterne)

Excellent reading of a story that started with great promise but really tapered out at the end without much of a fizz. Still some signature Saki-isms are there to be enjoyed.

Very well read

(5 Sterne)

A interesting story full of sarcasm and irony. The reader is excellent.

Beautiful writing in the service of a tragic satire

(5 Sterne)