Books: Cloudy Olympus

EXPERIENCES by Arnold Toynbee. 417 pages. Oxford. $8.75.

An autumnal memoir by the great chronicler of flowering and unflowering cultures would seem to merit some sort of special accolade for the author—perhaps rifled from the language of one of the cultures he described in his greatest days. The Chinese term for sage (chih-jen) might do. Arnold Toynbee, at 80, with some 70 volumes behind him, is certainly a man "in whom moral virtue and learned accomplishments reach their highest points." Experiences, in some sense, does indeed suggest a chih-jen at work—reflective, confident, comforting, sometimes...

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