Books: Voortrekkers

THE TURNING WHEELS—Stuart Cloete —Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

Due partly to the stubborn stodginess of the Boers themselves, even more to their galumphing dialect, a certain drabness of atmosphere has beclouded every novel of the Cape Colony, from Olive Schreiner's Story Of An African Farm on down. Swift, even melodramatic though The Turning Wheels is, many a reader will come an early cropper over words like baas, kopje, kloof, veldt, mevrou, spruit* with which its text is besprinkled, over the de Jongs, Zwart Pietes, van der Bergs, van Reenens who make up its confusing cast...

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