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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And when it is a letter that one is writing to an intimate friend of one's youth, the
passions and prejudices of youth which were ... When I sat down to write to Lytton
, all these feelings were so strong that they overwhelmed or eliminated all others.
"It is like walking about hour after hour", I wrote in a letter, "in a hell twice as mad
as the coaling at Port Said. ... In a letter to Lytton I wrote: "The work is
consequently going on day and night and I have only been about 3 or 4 hours in
bed out of ...
In a letter to Lytton describing this, I tried to defend the system, arguing that the
Europeanizing of non- Europeans is a mistake, that it is best for every race to
remain "as it was before Adam" (a curious and somewhat exaggerated idea).
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - robertsgirl - LibraryThing
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