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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Literature, art, poetry, music, history, mathematics, science were pitchforked into
his mind in chaotic incomprehensibility. When later on in Ceylon I became an
extremely incompetent shooter of big game and, in cutting up the animals killed
I was therefore always doing two or three things at the same time, concentrating
in the centre of my mind on the main business — in this case the villagers and the
enquiry — and attending on the periphery of my mind almost automatically with ...
upon my mind and even character which has proved indelible, a kind of reserve
or withdrawal into myself which makes me inclined always to stand just a little to
one side of my environment. But for a time I did dismiss Ceylon from my mind.
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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