Someone else has written here that it is 'Apartheid Literature'. It isn't that because it pre-dates the start of Apartheid by several decades. However, racist it certainly is . . . But there is a 'but'.
It is very denigrating about the 'kaffir', and describes the society in those times. The irony is, the society being described would not have functioned without the 'kaffir'. And its no irony, I think this is quite deliberate on the part of the Author, who I believe was an educated man (a teacher from memory, I may be wrong). In those days you wouldn't / couldn't write openly about racism being wrong, but you could write stories like this that would make readers start to think that maybe, just maybe this racism thing is all baloney . . .
It is written with a very dry sense of humour, and almost a tenderness in places, despite the harshness of the struggle just to stay alive at that time and place. There are unspoken rules in any society, and they can be circumvented, usually with a little sly wink at the end of the story.
Is this avid reading for today's society ? No, at times the attitudes do not make easy reading for modern times. But does it describe a Society that is no more, and try to poke a little bit of fun at itself and how silly / stupid those days were ? Yes, it does do that . . . .
If you have no knowledge of South African history and in particular Afrikaaner Culture, there are occasional references in this book that may escape you. And if you do know anything about Afrikaaner Culture and are English speaking then you already know who Oom Schalk Lourens is . . .
Its nice that all the stories have been collected in one place . . .