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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In those days it took , if I remember rightly , three weeks to sail from London to
Colombo . By the time we reached Ceylon , we had developed from a fortuitous
concourse of isolated human atoms into a complex community with an elaborate
always had an infinite capacity of sleeping when I want to sleep and I slept
almost the whole three weeks away . Somewhere , too , deep down in me I had
an iron determination not to die . One day after I had been there a week or ten
days , I ...
But gradually our letters thinned out and sometimes weeks or months passed
without our writing . If two people are separated for years and by thousands of
miles , they can write to each other either every week or only at long intervals .
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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