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Saki.

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by Gramaisc, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I was vaguely aware of a writer who was fairly prevalent in the 1960s and went by the pen-name of Saki - there were others who used the same identification system at the time, Mandrake, Beachcomber, etc.

    I didn't pay a lot of attention to Saki, but regarded him as a more modern version of Rudyard Kipling, if I had had to describe him ever.

    Tonight, in desperation at what else is on, I found myself listening to a Radio 4 Extra programme about him - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082m09r

    Imagine my surprise to discover that someone who seemed fairly current when I was a child was actually killed by a sniper in 1916...
     
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    H h munro. Great but scary stories
     
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    Indeed, I remember him, and his "quiz answer" real name, and the 'rather harder' stories - I just had absolutely no idea that he had been dead for fifty years at that point. He seemed slightly old-fashioned, but only in a 1950s sort of way.

    The programme is well worth listening to.

    An interesting point was to suggest that he was a Roald Dahl precursor, that's a very good assessment, I think.
     
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