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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I remember one year riding in the morning from my bungalow on the seashore to
the kachcheri through a dead brown world . Everything was completely dried up ,
not a sign or sound of life anywhere , not a drop of water , not a speck of mud in ...
Darkness began to fall and soon I had completely lost my way . The sandy track
in the wilderness of sand was quite invisible and there were no villages and no
inhabitants . All I could do was to look at the stars and ride south and trust to luck .
The evening was warm and fine ; the world about us was completely empty
except for the darkening sky above our heads and the unending road beneath
our feet . Abdul Rahman was not a good walker and the Salt Superintendent , a
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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