the short story project


Alon Marcus On:

Esme by Saki

Saki loves stories. That is the key quality that links between us. His characters are sophisticated, chatty and tend to tease one another. Saki respects his readers. Every minute invested in his stories has its reward. Almost every one of his long sentences contains something witty, or beautiful, or amusing, or paradoxical in it. Saki is bold. He talks of the less pleasant aspects of human beings, those that it’s really fun to ridicule. Eventually, he arrives at the truth. There is everything in truth: compassion alongside cruelty, comfort alongside mockery and acceptance alongside a will to change. I hope I’ve managed to pass on something of my joy of reading him.