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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If anything went wrong or there was a dispute which I had to settle , they would surround me and make long eloquent guttural speeches , and often if one of them got excited , he would put his hand on my shoulder to emphasize the torrent ...
When the hand had been played , “ I suppose , Woolf ” , said the angry judge bitterly , “ in Jaffna you don't bid diamonds unless you have thirteen of them . ” Inside I was as angry as the judge , both with myself and with him , and I ...
He was extremely nervous , and , holding my hand in his two hands , besought me not to leave him alone in the jungle , but take him and hand him over to Count Frijs . I reassured him , but , as they had made no arrangements where to ...
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Playing tennis with starched whites with the other English administrators and then chatting over G and Ts in the tropical warm of the evening in an old Dutch fort on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka ... Read full review
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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