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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It was a world of trees and changing leaves, and all the lives of all the people
who lived in that world were, above all, lives full of trees and changing leaves.
The only other passenger by the coach was a Sinhalese, the Jaffna District
Engineer. It was a trying journey. The road from Anuradhapura to Elephant Pass
had been cut absolutely straight through the kind of solid jungle which covered
and still covers a large portion of Ceylon. If the bullock cart stopped at any time
and you looked ...
I left Anuradhapura at 9 o'clock in the evening of Tuesday, January 3rd, and the
bullock cart with its broken and battered passengers arrived at Elephant Pass at
9 o'clock in the morning of Thursday, January 5th. The town of Jaffna, for which I
was bound, was the capital and administrative centre of the Northern Province. It
stood upon a peninsula — the Jaffna peninsula — which is connected with the
mainland of Ceylon by a narrow causeway, Elephant Pass. As we approached ...
From Elephant Pass I took the train to Jaffna. The journey from Anuradhapura, 12
1£ miles, had taken me 40 hours, as I find from a letter which I wrote to Lytton
Strachey on the day of my arrival. Today one does the journey easily in four
hours. The difference is not unimportant. Up in one's brain and deep down in
one's heart and one's belly, the quality of one's life is very much affected by its
tempo; the tempo of living is itself enormously affected by the tempo of ordinary
transport, the ...
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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