The Square Egg and Other Sketches
Eight amusing short pieces by Hector Hugh Munro (pen name Saki) who died in the First World War, collected and published posthumously in 1924.
The eponymous first story although humorous includes some indications of the horror of trench warfare. Though Munro was over the age of conscription he volunteered to fight. Rothay Reynolds in an appreciation of Munro written for an earlier posthumous collection quoted the officer in command of the 22nd Royal Fusiliers (Saki’s regiment):
“Poor Saki! What an admiration we all had for him, I always quoted him as one of the heroes of the war. I saw daily the appalling discomforts he so cheerfully endured. He flatly refused to take a commission or in any way to allow me to try to make him more comfortable. General Vaughan told him that a brain like his was wasted as a private soldier. He just smiled. He was absolutely splendid. What courage! The men simply loved him.” - Summary by Tim Bulkeley
This recording was originally published on Legamus.eu and was later released on Librivox when US copyright permitted.
Genre(s): Short Stories
|Play 01||The Square Egg: a badger’s eye view of the mud war in the trenches||Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
|Play 02||Birds of the Western Front||Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
|Play 03||The Gala Programme: an unrecorded episode in Roman history||Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
|Play 04||The Infernal Parliament||Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
|Play 05||The Achievement of the Cat||Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
|Play 06||The Old Town of Pskoff||Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
|Play 07||Clovis on the Alleged Romance of Business||Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
|Play 08||The Comments of Moung Ka||Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)