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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The Arabs, on the other hand, although extremely polite, treated me as ... 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 of his words.
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 was also miserable.
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 meet the
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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