The Square Egg and other sketches

The old Town of Pskoff (title of one of the stories) from the river by Alexandr Kozlov   Photo of Beaumont Hamel after the battle in which Saki was killed photograph Q 1523 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums
The old Town of Pskoff (title of one of the stories) from the river by Alexandr Kozlov
Photo of Beaumont Hamel after the battle in which Saki was killed photograph Q 1523 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums

The Square Egg, like The Toys of Peace, was published posthumously. The eponymous first story although humorous includes some indications of the horror of trench warfare. By and large though these are entertaining stories little shadowed by the tempest to come.

In several of these stories, Saki casts a wry eye over Edwardian Britain, and in the last he enlists the help of outsiders to highlight the quirks of the British political system.

This work is out of copyright in countries with a system based on author’s life plus 50 or 75 years (NZ, UK, Australia, Canada & EU), but not in the USA.

Audio Book: M4B available

1 – The Square Egg (14:24)
2 – Birds of the Western Front (9:27)
3 – The Gala Programme (7:56)
4 – The Infernal Parliament (9:15)
5 – The Achievement of the Cat (6:02)
6 – The Old Town of Pskoff (8:13)
7 – Clovis on the Alleged Romance of Business (3:26)
8 – The Comments of Moung Ka (7:39)

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