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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... deal of paternal government unknown in European countries for several
hundred years . The machinery of his government was a large number of
headmen , a village headman 24 in each village and superior or chief headmen
in 55 JAFFNA.
But the Mudaliyars ( Chief Headmen ) and their subordinate headmen had
learned in the last two years my passion for efficiency and intolerance of
inefficiency . The enumerators had been drilled so that they really knew how to fill
in the forms .
The village headman then gave me the following list of evils which had come
upon them : ( 1 ) the road tax , ( 2 ) the V.C. tax ... Government Agent who had
allowed chenas freely and , when he left the District , wept among weeping
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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