THE TEMPTATION OF JACK ORKNEY AND OTHER STORIES
by DORIS LESSING
308 pages. Knopf. $6.95.
Doris Lessing's novels, rugged and sensibly made, move with great deliberation over some of the major issues of our time: the appeal of Marxism, technology, the loss of political and religious faith, and the struggle for personal freedom, especially women's. Yet the very qualities that make her a major novelist often work against her as a short-story writer. The potentially best stories in her new collection are charged with intelligence and feeling, but the form does not contain all...