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 ...
A “ reward ” because it is what they call “ a charge " , I am on my own in 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 ...
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 ...
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Playing tennis with starched whites with the other English administrators and then chatting over G and Ts in the tropical warm of the evening in an old Dutch fort on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka ... Read full review
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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