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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more than a large clearing in the unending jungle. It had two temples, one at one
end of what might euphemistically be called the village street — it was only a very
broad path between boutiques and sheds — and the other at the other end.
The God at that time was a Tamil, but he married into a Sinhalese family in
Kataragama and became a Sinhalese God, and that is why now the temple
kapuralas are Sinhalese. This was the story of a Buddhist Sinhalese villager.
When I told ...
Walking up what was before the village street, you passed boutique after
boutique, selling flowers and fruit, to be offered in the temple and mutatis
mutandis you might have been passing the shops in Lisieux or even in London's
Victoria Street, ...
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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