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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I was the only white man in the 400 square miles of the District , and here for the
first time I learnt the profound happiness of complete solitude . For a month I
never spoke to anyone except clerks , headmen , Tamil villagers , and my own
A “ reward ” because it is what they call “ a charge " , I am on my my district which
is about 1000 sq . miles with 100,000 people in it and I am supposed to be very “
young ” to have got it . So I live at the Residency Hambantota . There are no ...
For months I spent hours and days trying to control the disease and limit the
disaster , riding hundreds of miles in order to try to enforce the regulations and
shooting stray cattle and buffaloes on the roads and in villages as a warning .
The kind ...
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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