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 army officers had, of course, high social claims, as they have always and
everywhere, but in Ceylon there were too few of them to be of social importance.
In Kandy and the mountains, hundreds of British planters lived on their dreary tea
planters lived on their dreary tea estates and they enjoyed superficially complete
social equality with the civil servants. ... the social position and prospects of a civil
servant were counted to be a good deal higher than those of a planter.
Chairman of the Ceylon Planters Association, Turner. I was the judge's partner,
and I was terribly — and quite unnecessarily — nervous, and that was
undoubtedly the explanation of why almost at once, holding quite a good hand
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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