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 Tamil crowd swarming on the station platforms or in the villages or in the
Jaffna streets has a look and air of its own, much less animated (unless it is angry
) and less gay than the Sinhalese in Colombo or Kandy or the Southern Province.
In the koddu we had an interpreter, some police constables, and a few Tamils
whose duty it was to take over the Government's shares of the oysters and see
that no one touched them. Otherwise I was single-handed and had to keep order
The Governor and the Government accepted my explanation, but I doubted —
and doubt — whether the Tamil Association and Mr. Sanderasekara believed or
accepted it. It shocked me that these people should think that, as a white man
and a ...
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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