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.
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).
If two people are separated for years and by thousands of miles, they can write to
each other either every week or only at long intervals. After two or three years I
ceased to write to Lytton once a week, partly because I buried myself in my work
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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