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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Chapter One THE VOYAGE OUT In October 1904, I sailed from Tilbury Docks in
the P. & O. Syria for Ceylon. I was a Cadet in the Ceylon Civil Service. To make a
complete break with one's former life is a strange, frightening, and exhilarating ...
From Elephant Pass I took the train to Jaffna. The journey from Anuradhapura, 12
1£ miles, had taken me 40 hours, as I find from a letter which I wrote to Lytton
Strachey on the day of my arrival. Today one does the journey easily in four
But if one has the temerity to write an autobiography, then one is under an
obligation not to conceal. The only point in an autobiography is to give, as far as
one can, in the most simple, clear, and truthful way, a picture, first of one's own ...
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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