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 conversation began calmly with the usual platitudinous gambits , but , as it
went on , the feeling of agitation and tenseness which I had felt on the verandah
of the Tangalla Rest House returned — also the continued sense of her hostility ...
state of almost neurotic misery . And she began to express it , not openly , but
obliquely , by continually returning to Dutton , his retiring nature , his failure in the
civil service , the prejudice of everyone , including the authorities , against him .
There were six or seven Moslems wounded and covered with blood and one
Sinhalese , a Government servant , who lived near the mosque , had tried to stop
the row when it began , and had been hit by a stone in his face . I was
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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