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 was something extraordinarily real and at the same time unreal in the
sights and sounds and smells— the whole impact of Colombo , the G.O.H. , and
Ceylon in those first hours and days , and this curious mixture of intense reality
I can't write about anything else ; here are the only realities , and the curious
feelings they excite , the only pleasant feelings . Perhaps they are not the only
ones ; when I read your letters first , you are for the moment real again . I can
laugh too ...
Although the white population of Jaffna was so small , it contained a high
percentage of curious characters . One of the most curious exhibits was Sir
William Twynam , K.C.M.G. When I knew him he was 79 years old , living in a
house not far ...
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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