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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What I thought and felt about this I had to conceal from everyone in Jaffna and
Kandy (except perhaps from Gwen on the seashore and Rachel in the mountains
); my letters to Lytton were in part rage and lamentation, and in part a desperate ...
Sometimes too I thought of that astonishing letter of Ainsworth, do you remember
it ? the one I mean which dropped on you after an interval of months dividing it
from the deluge of the previous delirium. And then last mail I really thought you ...
I am sure that I wanted to be successful in the Ceylon Civil Service, to be thought
well of in the Colombo Secretariat, to win promotion. Yet I do not think that at any
time I ever worked with that consciously in my mind. This was partly because ...
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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