Books: Cash and Curry

IN THEIR WISDOM by C.P.SNOW 345 pages. Scribners. $7.95.

C.P. Snow continues to operate as the self-assigned recording secretary of the last gentleman's club on earth. There he sits, at 69, in his cracking leather chair in the corner, this son of a shoe-factory clerk from Leicester, watching the Old Parties of British aristocracy come and go, fretting over the State of the World, then settling down to a civilized meal as if it were their last: "Decanters on tables, lights beaming off cutlery and peach-fed cheeks."

Past privilege, present crisis: here is the theme of In Their Wisdom. The dwindling heritage...

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