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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When I got to the first milestone on the Tissa road I stopped and said: "Now,
Abdul Rahman, will you take Rs. i.80?" and when he shook his head, I said: "I am
going to walk on to Tissa and I should like to go on discussing the matter with you
For instance, I removed 450 buffaloes from Tissa to three different places, and
283 survived the outbreak. If they had remained at Tissa, I do not think that 30
would have survived. The loss of practically all the cattle under the great Tissa ...
The other time I lost myself was even more idiotic and unpleasant. When I went to
Tissa, I sometimes used to start after I had done a day's work in Hambantota and
spend the night at Weligatta circuit bungalow eight miles along the Tissa road ...
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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