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 Tamil ...
A "reward" because it is what they call "a charge", I am on my own in my district
which is about i000 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
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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