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cgod  ·  1019 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Books you just couldn't fucking get into?

I have an abridged Toynbee.

I'd pull it out and find a citation in any history orientated paper I wrote in school. Teachers love citations and I think they found it a nice oddity to have a community college student whipping out Toynbee.

kleinbl00  ·  1019 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have (half) of an unabridged (paperback) Toynbee. I haven't made a move on it, though.

I have all of a Durant. I've done all but three books as audiobook, which if I'm not mistaken is the equivalent of reading Lord of the Rings followed by Harry Potter followed by the extant Game of Thrones.

I wanted to get the pretentious edition but I discovered that Gore Vidal's copy was going for a song on eBay.

cgod  ·  1019 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Toynbee isn't worth reading, unless you have your mind on a certain place and time and than it's worth a look to see what he has to say.

kleinbl00  ·  1019 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm actually interested in that era's particular interpretation of comparative religion... the perspective on "why" that I'm told isn't a part of the abridgement.