Short stories true to the O'Faolain standard of restraint and lack of sentimentality. Most of the stories deal with present day Ireland, with a few of more stereotyped variety dealing with the Irish-American. Stagnation, decay of vitality in city and country, the bigotry of the Catholic church, the narrowness of village life, -- such are his themes. Some have delightful flashes of humor -- read Mother Motilda's Book, for instance. Delightful on the whole for their simplicity, verity, subtlety.