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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It stood upon a peninsula — the Jaffna peninsula , which is connected with the mainland of Ceylon by a narrow causeway , Elephant Pass . As we approached Elephant Pass in the early morning , the country gradually changed .
He belonged to a small , remarkable caste of elephant hunters — the name , I rather think , was in Sinhalese Pannikkiya . They had a method of catching elephants handed down from time immemorial . Two of them went out into the jungle ...
In the jungle the wild elephant was always to me the most alarming of all the animals . Coming upon him suddenly , as I so often did , in thick jungle he seemed to me gigantic towering up above me ; there is , too , something primeval ...
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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