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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The pearl oyster (Pinctada), which is more nearly related to the mussel than to
the edible oyster, breeds on the pearl banks in the Gulf of Mannar some miles off
the barren uninhabited coast of the Mannar District in the Northern Province.
There he shovelled oysters into a large basket which was attached to another
rope. When he shook the rope, he was hauled up by his man- duck into the boat.
This went on all day. There were 473 boats divided into two fleets which fished
The method of extracting the pearls from the oysters was primitive and insanitary.
The oysters were put into a canoe or dug-out and allowed to rot for several days;
when the oysters had decayed, sea- water was put into the canoe which was ...
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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