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 notice said that spitting on the verandah was forbidden and the peons were
ordered to turn out anyone who spat. One day one of my own clerks spat and I
told him to clean the spot. "He refused", I wrote at the time, "but, when he saw I ...
Kandy kachcheri always became more and more hectic with an unending stream
of people, clerks, peons, and headmen, bringing in ... That afternoon a peon
suddenly came into my room accompanying a white man whom I did not know.
About 7 a peon brought me four or five boxes containing all the letters. He
opened them and I separated them out for the various departments, writing
orders on them if necessary. In this way I was able to know exactly what had
come into 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
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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