Growing: an autobiography of the years 1904 to 1911
Woolf's account of his seven years as a civil servant in Ceylon. "He has a seemingly effortless way with words which is beautiful and spellbinding" (J. M. Edelstein, New Republic). Index; photographs.
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The Arachchi asked me to come and have a look at it. It would be the night of the
full moon, so I told him that I would and that I would spend my night at the water
hole. I was very fond of sitting up over a water hole in this way and just watching ...
Then you told the Arachchi to go and drive the sick buffalo down the field to you
so that you could destroy it. The Arachchi said it had gone savage and would
attack him. You insisted, but when he got near the animal, he became afraid and
It turned out that it was the Arachchi himself who owned the buffaloes. You fined
the Arachchi 10 rupees for not carrying out his duties as headman and not seeing
that the buffaloes were impounded. Then, as Police Magistrate, you tried him as ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Jenney - LibraryThing
In the feudal society of Ceylon "I felt that there was some depth of happiness rather than pleasure, of satisfaction, . . . which the western world is losing or has lost." (p 158) Judgments such as ... Read full review
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This is the second book Leonard Woolf wrote of his life. He is a graceful author, and a sensitive man. Good look into an aristocratic young britisher and his growing up. Read full review