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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At first it is a mere whirl : sitting in sheer ignorance up there in the hum of the
Court , writing down the evidence , listening to the proctors and witnesses ,
thinking of questions to ask , trying to make up your mind — all at the same time .
I felt that ...
His bungalow appalled me . It was in a side street , smothered in trees , hot ,
stuffy , full of mosquitoes and geckos — not a breath of air ever found its way in . I
found him sitting at a small table typing out incompetently on a decrepit typewriter
late it was , there were always people walking about or sitting in front of their huts
. Very often a pearl dealer or merchant would invite one to sit down with him and
have a small cup of Turkish coffee . As the Fishery went on and they got to know ...
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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