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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After a year or two I don't think I shall write letters at all . ... At first it is a mere whirl
: sitting in sheer ignorance up there in the hum of the Court , writing down the
evidence , listening to the proctors and witnesses , thinking of questions to ask ...
If anyone came for an interview , they had to see me and , if they wanted to go
beyond me to him , they had to put what they wanted to say in writing . This
applied even to Government servants . He would never see the head clerk or the
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - robertsgirl - LibraryThing
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