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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It had two temples, one at one end of what might euphemistically be called the
village street — it was only a very broad ... dhobies and pariahs, were allowed
into the temple, which would never be allowed in an ordinary Jaffna Hindu
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 ...
I went into the temple, where in 1910 I had often gone to talk about arrangements
for the procession with the priest, in order to see what things were like in i960. I
took the usual offering of fruit and flowers, but was advised that the offering would
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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