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'SAKI's' Birds on the Western Front.

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Published on Sep 9, 2011

(Best viewed in smaller format) 'Saki' was the pen name of Hector Hugh MUNRO, one of the acknowledged masters of the short story form. He was and still is esteemed for his wit, style and acerbic destruction of the high moral tone of both Victorian and Edwardian societies and their confused and hypocritical stupidities. He was much admired by P.G.Wodehouse, Terrence Rattigan and Noel Coward and could be said to have influenced them all. Will Self said of Saki's stories 'that they are highly relevant to any society in which convention is confused with morality, and all societies confuse convention with morality, so Saki will always be relevant."

Like Orwell, and well before him, Hector Munro served in Burma for The Indian Imperial Police and like Kipling was born in the East and sent to England for the greater part of his infancy and youth. In his case iit was Akyab, Burma,and in Kipling's Bombay.
This collection of field notes was published some years after his death at the hands of a German sniper in Northern France near the village of Beaumont-Hamel in November 1916. Birds on The Western Front was published in 1924.

Many millions were killed in the conflict. Over 65,000 horses too perished on The Western Front. One wonders what the death toll would have been for Saki's beloved feathered friends..

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