My current diversion is a small book entitled “The Square Egg” by “Saki” aka Hector Hugo Munro. This compilation included abstract sketches and related plays. Saki’s Square Egg was introduced into the American society in 1923. The Square Egg is basically that. A square egg. It’s a short story about a boy who uncovers a hen that lays odd shaped eggs. The boy proposes a plan to the Master of the house, illustrating how if he were to breed that hen and cross breed for generations they would eventually have “square eggs.” But much to idiotic and sometimes thin themes, the master disputes this case with the boy. Which demonstrates mans narrow-mindedness to scientific solutions.
In the novel, Saki ridiculed ideals and individuals he despised, and concealed his strong affections for those he enjoyed. His writing is kindly in nature with whimsical humor. Occasionally his loves and fears become visible through the text. I see strong commonalties between Saki’s writings and those of Mark Twain. Both authors have a common taste in deep but abstract themes. Though in Saki’s work he caters to the more extravagant tastes; much into fairytales and fables that ridicule the human race. Saki’s dry but flavorful taste in words and schemes makes him a delight to read.
One of Saki’s plays; The Watched Pot is extremely hilarious. The Watched Pot tells a story of a household of women who are all trying to marry the same man. Each woman fights over the placid character with ambiguity and guile. I took great pleasure in Saki’s witty dialogue through out this particular piece. Saki illustrates the sheer idiocy of “women chasing men” and “men’s disgust with easy women”.