Spring 1966 • Vol. XXVIII No. 2 Book Reviews |

Lessing’s Africa

African Stories by Doris Lessing. Simon and Schuster, $7.95. Doris Lessing is a gifted and straightforward writer who lapses on occasion, frequent occasion, into a dreary earnestness and a deadly predictability. She obviously feels herself the conscience of White Africa; however, she is at her best as the laureate of the platboere, and I do not say this in disparagement. Of her other phase, one can only remark that, like many who write of collective guilt, she rather misses the point, which is simply that who should most feel it least do. The best stories in this volume seem to me the ones from This Was the Old Chief's Country, her first collection. The significant confrontation in Africa may be the one between the Whites and the Blacks, but the entertaining one is that between the English and the Afrikaners, and she arbitrates it perfectly: the inhibited, class-ridden English; the emotional and by their lights democratic Afrikaners. In "The Second Hut," laid on a Rhodesian fa

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