The Gull Reef Club

12/16/2007

The Unbearable Bassington

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:37 pm

I finished Saki’s The Unbearable Bassington last week. It was uninspiring enough to prevent me from posting a review until now.

As much as I adore Saki, I wasn’t impressed with this book. Sure, it was filled with the remarkably clever one-liners and devilish sarcasm that I have come to love about Saki. The novel itself was a bit dry and rather predictable, however.

It had a lot of potential at the start, especially when setting up the character of Comus Bassington as a sadistic jackass during the school/caning scene in chapter II. I was almost sure I was seeing the makings of a Perry Cox-like figure, which would have been divine. Saki didn’t follow through though, and let the story be distracted by boring narratives of society life and fluff politics. So much potential and so little actualization. Oh well, there will be more Saki in my future. His writing has delighted me enough to convince me that the disappointment I found in The Unbearable Bassington was an anomoly.

I’m looking forward to the end of the holidays so I can get back to the library and get my hands on some non-ebooks. I think I need something a little more recently published. I just don’t have the time this month. As always, suggestions welcome.

On a related reading note, I signed up for an account at Good Reads. I get the impression (as indicated by the underwhelming lack of comments to my book posts) that none of you beachcombers gives a flying fart about what I read. I may keep my book list over there instead. Probably both places. This is my Club, afterall, I can post whatever the hell I damn well please. So suck it you non book readers. Yeah, and Merry Christmas too.

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