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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He said that he had taken the boy to Kangesanturai , carried him out into the sea , knelt on him in the water until he was drowned , took his gold ornaments , and then threw the body out into the sea . I set off at once to the sea ...
I was just going to leave myself when an Arab came in from the beach and told me that one of his men had died when diving out on the banks and that the body and the rest of his crew were still ...
In one case the man appeared not to die immediately ; the body went on twitching violently and the executioner went and pulled on the legs . In the other case four men had to hang one morning and they were hanged two by two .
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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