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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I was to go as Cadet to Jaffna in the Northern Province . As I walked out of the Secretariat into the Colombo sun , which in the late morning hits one as if a burning hand were smacking one's face , the whole of my past life in London ...
It is quite different in Jaffna ; there as soon as you leave the main street , the esplanade , or the seashore , you are in a typical Tamil village of narrow roads between cadjan fences which hide whitewashed low huts or bungalows ...
When I left Jaffna for Kandy in 1907 , one of the leading lawyers , a respectable and respected man in Jaffna , V. Casippillai , who had nothing to gain by flattering me , wrote to me : Jaffna Dear Sir , 2 3rd August , 1907 I very much ...
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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