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And when it is a letter that one is writing to an intimate friend of one's youth, the
passions and prejudices of youth which were so important a part of that
friendship exaggerate and distort the picture of our reactions to entirely new
circumstances. This is certainly true of the letters which I wrote to Lytton in the
early years of my time in Ceylon. I felt keenly the complete loss of the life which I
had lived at Cambridge, its friends and friendship. In every conceivable way my
life in Jaffna was the ...
Then I had to stand in the rain for ten minutes while each member of the crowd
came and prostrated himself, touching - the ground with his forehead. In a letter
to Lytton describing this, I tried to defend" the system, arguing that the
Europeanizing of non- Europeans is a mistake, that it is best for every race to
remain "as it was before Adam" (a curious and somewhat exaggerated idea). The
Kandyan, I said, grovels on the ground and touches your boots, but has retained
his independence ...
During my first years in Ceylon I had kept in close touch with the England and
Cambridge which I had known, for Lytton and I wrote to each other continually.
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.
After two or three years I ceased to write to Lytton once a week, partly because I
buried myself in ...
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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