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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He would have died a horribly lingering death — the jungle is a terribly cruel
place . It is difficult to know exactly why I found the jungle so fascinating . It is a
cruel and a dangerous place , and , being a cowardly person , I was always
afraid of it .
my way through 200 or 300 yards of thick jungle north of the track into an
enormous open clearing , circular , about half a mile or more in diameter . One
used sometimes to see deer , peafowl , or jungle fowl in it and that was why I
used to go ...
along the Tissa road in order to get to Tissa as early as possible next morning .
My carts and servants went by road and I rode , cutting across country through
scrub jungle . One evening , when I was doing this , I arrived at the bungalow
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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