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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On my arrival in Jaffna I was taken in hand by Southorn, who introduced me to
Dowbiggin, the Superintendent of Police, and Jimmy Bowes, the Assistant
Superintendent of Police. The four of us, accompanied by Charles, walked into
the vast ...
... but had bullied the other bad bridge players into accepting him as a good
player and so had established himself as a kind of dictator of the Jaffna bridge
table. Of all this I, of course, knew nothing that evening, when I was taken by
My work in the office consisted of signing my name on licences and routine
documents and letters, and of checking the accounts. After some weeks of this,
my temper gave way and I told Southorn that I would not go on doing this, that I
was just ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - robertsgirl - LibraryThing
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