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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There were on the boat three young civil servants, Millington and I going out to
Ceylon, and a young man called Scafe who had just passed into the Indian Civil
Service. There were also two or three Colombo business men, in particular a
planters lived on their dreary tea estates and they enjoyed superficially complete
social equality with the civil servants. ... But there is no doubt that generally the
social position and prospects of a civil servant were counted to be a good deal ...
In provincial kachcheris the G.A. always had two young civil servants immediately
under him who did the office work, ... was called a Cadet, and every civil servant
when he first arrived was attached to some provincial kachcheri as Cadet.
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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