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Unbearable Bassington

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By: (1870-1916)

In "Unbearable Bassington" by Saki, readers are introduced to the protagonist Comus Bassington, a self-absorbed and hedonistic young man who seems to take pleasure in causing mischief and disruption wherever he goes. Set in Edwardian England, the novel follows Comus as he navigates through various social circles, relationships, and scandals, all while maintaining his detached and aloof demeanor.

Saki's writing style is sharp and witty, filled with clever dialogue and biting satire that highlights the absurdities and hypocrisies of the upper class society that Comus inhabits. The characters are well-developed and colorful, each with their own quirks and flaws that add to the overall charm of the story.

While the novel is entertaining and humorous, it also delves into themes of identity, morality, and the consequences of living a superficial and shallow existence. As the plot unfolds and Comus's antics catch up to him, readers are left with a sense of melancholy and reflection on the emptiness of a life lived without purpose or connection.

Overall, "Unbearable Bassington" is a thought-provoking and enjoyable read that showcases Saki's talent for crafting memorable characters and clever narratives. It's a satirical take on the mores and manners of the Edwardian era, and a timeless exploration of the complexities of human nature.

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The Unbearable Bassington was the first novel written by Saki (H. H. Munro). It also contains much of the elegant wit found in his short stories. Comus (The Unbearable) Bassington, is a charming young man about town. His perversity however thwarts all his mother’s efforts to advance his prospects and lands him in hot water. Like many a “black sheep” he ends up being sent off to one of the colonies to fend for himself. This book showcases Saki’s wonderful writing and that ability to be so very funny and terribly sad at the same time.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - July 21, 2017
Subject: Unbearable Bassington
wonderfully written and wonderfully read....though witty , this book is not humorous....but well worth listening to

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