The Chronicles of Clovis

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The charming, beloved master of short fiction known as "Saki" was born Hector Hugo Munro in 1870 in Akyab, Myanmar, which was then known as Burma. Hector was the youngest child of the Inspector-General of the Burmese police -- H.H. Munro was a child of the British Empire at its fullest glory. The children were soon sent to live with maiden aunts and their grandmother in Devon. The eccentric aunts and favorite childhood stories, including Robinson Crusoe, Alice in Wonderland, and Johnnykin and the Goblins, proved ...
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The charming, beloved master of short fiction known as "Saki" was born Hector Hugo Munro in 1870 in Akyab, Myanmar, which was then known as Burma. Hector was the youngest child of the Inspector-General of the Burmese police -- H.H. Munro was a child of the British Empire at its fullest glory. The children were soon sent to live with maiden aunts and their grandmother in Devon. The eccentric aunts and favorite childhood stories, including Robinson Crusoe, Alice in Wonderland, and Johnnykin and the Goblins, proved inspirational for later stories. As an adult, Saki served in the Burmese police, and later, became a London political satirist, and then journalist posted to Warsaw, Moscow and St. Petersburg. As with most of his generation, Saki enlisted in military service at the outbreak of the First World War. Stationed with the Royal Fusiliers, his battalion was sent to France in September, 1915. The Chronicles of Clovis is Saki's third book of short fiction, published in 1911. Influenced by his travels in eastern Europe and Russia, most of the stories feature Clovis Sangrail, a rich young man with a wicked sense of humor. The Chronicles of Clovis contains the classic "Sredni Vashtar," the story of Conradin, a spoiled, sickly ten-year old boy who's not expected to survive long. Brief, sharp, and ironic, as fresh today as the day it was written, "Sredni Vashtar" is Conradin's pet ferret, the most important "god" in an isolated boy's imaginary world of power and vengeance that may, just possibly, be absolutely real. Saki's brilliant talent was cut short by a sniper's bullet on the Western Front in November, 1916.

From the cynical to the supernatural, 28 stories lay bay the brittle facade of the Edwardian upper class.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406800210
  • Publisher: Echo Library
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 – 13 November 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, and also frequently as H. H. Munro, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirised Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker.
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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    You will love Clovis!

    Watch out, Algernon Moncrief! Clovis might give u a run for ur money! Clovis is beyond a Dandy! His adventures with The Baroness, his wit, and his ironic humor are pleasing to readers of any genre. You will particularly laugh with the story of Tobermory- The cat who learned to speak. Furthermore, you will see Saki's macabre side in the story 'Sredni Vashtar'. All stories are linked together in such an amusing and clever way that earns Saki a five star rating!

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