Reginald


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(4.3 stars; 20 reviews)

Saki (December 18, 1870 - November 14, 1916) was the pen name of the British author Hector Hugh Munro. His witty, biting and occasionally odd short stories satirised Edwardian culture. Saki is considered a master of the short story and has been compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker as well as Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde (who clearly influenced Saki.) His first collection of short stories, Reginald, was published by Methuen Press in 1904 though these stories first appeared in the 'Westminster Gazette'. The stories in this collection are a foil for allowing the jaded and insider/outsider figure of Reginald to comment on some ridiculous or provincial attitude prevalent in upper class Edwardian society, although one can easily recognize these same attitudes in our society today. Long popular and well known, Saki's brilliant humour is as enjoyable now as it was almost a century ago. (Summary by Jason Xanthopoulos). (1 hr 38 min)

Chapters

Reginald 7:24 Read by Jason X.
Reginald on Christmas 5:01 Read by Jason X.
Reginald on the Academy 5:07 Read by Jason X.
Reginald at the Theatre 5:55 Read by Jason X.
Reginald's Peace Poem 4:20 Read by Jason X.
Reginald's Choir Treat 6:25 Read by Jason X.
Reginald on Worries 5:28 Read by Jason X.
Reginald on House-Parties 6:08 Read by Jason X.
Reginald at the Carlton 8:37 Read by Jason X.
Reginald on Besetting Sins 6:02 Read by Graham Redman
Reginald's Drama 6:53 Read by Graham Redman
Reginald on Tariffs 7:02 Read by Graham Redman
Reginald's Christmas Revel 8:08 Read by Graham Redman
Reginald's Rubaiyat 7:54 Read by Graham Redman
The Innocence of Reginald 7:43 Read by Graham Redman

Reviews

Weaker than later works


(3 stars)

Reginald is a bit weak. Basically Saki keeps the eponymous hero around, and central to the stories, so he comes off like a discount Oscar Wilde. In the other two collections, he lets his destructive impulses have free reign and just destroys his characters with a cruelty made only slightly more surreal by the guest author introduction to one of the books.

Thank you!


(5 stars)

Thank you very much for posting this book.

hilarious and well read loved it.


(5 stars)