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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planters lived on their dreary tea estates and they enjoyed superficially complete
social equality with the civil servants. They belonged to the same clubs, played
tennis together, and occasionally intermarried. But there is no doubt that ...
It must be admitted that success, in this sense, did not depend entirely upon your
competence as a civil servant. A social analysis of the service in my time would, I
think, have revealed the curious fact that, if you were thought to be not much of ...
I knew that the rest of Jaffha's white population would strongly disapprove, but I
had built up a reputation of being an extremely competent civil servant and a
somewhat formidable "good fellow" whose lapses from convention or good taste
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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