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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... a mistake, that it is best for every race to remain "as it was before Adam" (a
curious and somewhat exaggerated idea). The Kandyan, I said, grovels on the
ground and touches your boots, but has retained his independence and his
of Empire and imperial government, Kandyan society in these villages was purely
feudal. The Nugawelas, Rat- wattes, and all the other great Kandyan landowning
families were feudal chiefs, and the procession, and tom-toms, and ...
He would have a few friends dining with him the following Thursday and he
would like after dinner to give them a first-class exhibition of this famous Kandyan
dancing. He hoped that, if I could do this, I would come and dine with them and ...
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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