More short stories that ally themselves with her earlier The Soft Voice of the Serpent (1952) and cut away from her novel The Lying Days (1953) take this South African writer to the top of the class. For the she can blend the bitter with the sweet in little scenes; she can synthesize a national issue; she can make a woman's touch as strong as a man's. As in her earlier collection, there are the things seen, known and sensed; the feeling of more than one level of perception; the awareness of social and moral abrasives; the particularly fine acumen concerning black and white relationships. There's a growth here, an expansion that does not thin her able writing, and a quality and an intensity which should attract every serious follower of this genre. From their magazine appearance (The New Yorker, Harper's, and others) this is a collection of note. For the fastidious.