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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My month at Mannar went only too quickly and I decided to ride back to Jaffna all the way along the coast to Elephant Pass , a roadless journey with the sea on one side of one and the jungle on the other . Two or three evenings before ...
At first they would not look at the ploughs ; “ Hamadoru , ” they would say to me , sorrowfully shaking their heads , “ no bull could pull that plough ; you would want an elephant ! ” However we persisted . One of the difficulties was ...
A large crocodile , covered with slime and weeds , is more sinister and primeval than even the elephant ; to see this creature lying flat on the dead tree , with his mouth wide open , and making this terrific choking roaring ...
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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