Books: Adam in the Orchid House

THE GARDEN TO THE SEA (219 pp.)—Philip Toynbee—Doubleday ($3).

Philip Toynbee is a youngish (37) British novelist* who believes that it takes many selves to make one man—a weaker self, a better self, a poetic self, and so on. There is nothing new about this point of view (the late Hilaire Belloc put it to use admirably in The Four Men), but there is ample novelty in Novelist Toynbee's strictly literal approach. His new book (his fifth) tells one man's love story from the four standpoints of his four personalities.

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