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 civil servant was socially in many ways top dog; he was highly paid,
exercised considerable and widely distributed power, and with the Sinhalese and
Tamils enjoyed much greater prestige than the other classes. The army officers
planters lived on their dreary tea estates and they enjoyed superficially complete
social equality with the civil servants. They belonged to the same clubs, played
tennis together, and occasionally intermarried. But there is no doubt that ...
We who live in the towns and urbanized villages of northern Europe have a
social psychology radically different from that of the Tamils and the Sinhalese.
Our ideas and feelings are limited, hard, distinct, brittle, a muted version of 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