The autobiography of an Englishman which is largely concerned with the thousands upon thousands (at least that is the impression) of people he knew and still knows. Having had a proper schooling in a Victorian England, Mr. Toye goes on to live the most diverse of lives, at one point settling in the field of diplomacy, at another finding a kind of satisfaction- during the first World War- in the service of the British Admiralty, and at still another being supremely happy as a manager of a restaurant. But Toye's strongest love centers in the field of music and he eventually becomes a music-critic, a music teacher, a biographer of Rossini and Verdi, and a composer. Fond of travel, Toye does much skitting across continents- France, Italy, India and America. Rather than feeling out his experiences and travels, Toye simply records them and often encumbers them with his mention of people that an American audience will not recognize. The writing itself is formal and stylized, maintains an unhurried tenor.