NAME OF THE BOOK: THE BEST OF SAKI
BOOK'S FIRST EDITION: September 2007
Published by: Scholastic
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hector Hugh Munro ( 1870-1916) was a British author who published under the pen name SAKI. He is remembered as a master of the short story form.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book contains amazing short stories of the known author SAKI.
Generally people enjoy reading a story written by Saki's , but this book makes a collection of his stories. No wonder, reading the book one may lost into the language, style and elegance.
CONTENTS OF THE BOOK
- The open window
- The seven cream jugs
- The east wing
- Mrs. Packletide's tiger
- The toys of peace
- The lumber room
- Hermann the irascible: the story of the great weep
- The storyteller
- The guests
- The unrest cure
- A bread and butter miss
- The philanthropist and the happy cat
- The image of the lost soul
- Shock tactics
- The bull
- The interlopers
- The Byzantine
- Sredni vashtar
- The name-day
- The disappearance of crispina umberleigh
- The mouse
- On approval
BEST OF THE BOOK
For me the best of the book was Mrs packletide's tiger story.
Mrs Packletide was an English lady who was overcome with a strong desire to shoot a tiger. Basically she was not adventurous or brave but she was smitten with jealousy when her friend, Loona Bimberton, had recently been carried in an by an Algerian pilot. wanted to outshine her.
She planned to present a tiger- claw brooch on Loona’s next birthday. All her motives were largely dominated by her dislike of Loona.
Circumstances proved to be . An old and weak tiger was visiting a village in search of food.
On the fateful night, Mrs Packletide came along with a paid companion Miss Mebbin. A platform had already been constructed in a comfortable and conveniently placed tree.
Both the ladies sat on the platform.
A goat with a loud bleat was tied at proper distance from the tiger. Meanwhile the tiger appeared on the scene and slowly walked towards the goat. Mrs Packletide fired a shot with her rifle. The tiger fell down to one side.
The excited villagers celebrated by beating drums and singing. Mrs Packletide was also too happy. Miss Mebbin was very clever and alert. She drew Mrs Packletide’s attention to the fact that the bullet had actually hit the goat and the tiger had died due to heart attack, caused by the loud report of the rifle.
She blackmailed Mrs Packletide by saying what would happen if Loona learnt that Mrs Packletide had shot the goat and not the tiger.
Shrewd and clever, Miss Mebbin hinted that she wanted money to buy a weekend cottage near Dorking. To keep her mouth shut, Mrs Packletide was forced to pay for that cottage.
She confided to her friends that “incidental expenses were too heavy for such kind of hunting”.