Introduction to Collins Edition
‘Unlike most of Stuart Cloete’s previous collections of short stories, which concentrated mainly on the African scene, Three White Swans ranges all over the world. From Malaya and the Far East to England and America, Mr Cloete presents people face to face with dramatic situations and shows more clearly than any sociologist or anthropologist that human reactions to love, hate, courage, fear, greed and jealousy are universal.
But in doing so he never forgets that his task is to entertain the reader. The only African story in this collection is entitled ‘Man of Go’. It is set in West Africa in the last days of British colonial rule, and is one of the best examples of short-story writing.’