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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... one suddenly uproots oneself into a strange land and a strange life , one feels
as if one were acting in a play or living in a dream . And plays and dreams have
that curious mixture of admitted unreality and the most intense and vivid reality ...
Dutton , the P.M. , was a strange character ; a strange fate , partly due to me ,
befell him , but I will deal with him and his fate in greater detail later . This , as I
have said , was the top stratum of Jaffna society whose social routine was
I saw the other strange sight one day when I was out with the same Watcher in
thick jungle . We heard quite near us the most extraordinary guttural roaring
noise . I had never heard it before and I asked the Watcher what it was ; he said
that he ...
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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