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To make a complete break with one's former life is a strange, frightening, and
exhilarating experience. It has upon one, I think, the effect of a second birth.
When one emerges from one's mother's womb one leaves a life of dim security
for a world of violent difficulties and dangers. Few, if any, people ever entirely
recover from the trauma of being born, and we spend a lifetime unsuccessfully
trying to heal the wound, to protect ourselves against the hostility of things and
men. But because ...
Today one does the journey easily in four hours. The difference is not
unimportant. Up in one's brain and deep down in one's heart and one's belly, the
quality of one's life is very much affected by its tempo; the tempo of living is itself
enormously affected by the tempo of ordinary transport, the pace at which one
normally travels from place to place. In describing my childhood I said that in
those days of the eighties and nineties of the 1 9th century the rhythm of London
traffic which one ...
But if one has the temerity to write an autobiography, then one is under an
obligation not to conceal. /The only point in an autobiography is to give, as far as
one can, in the most simple, clear, and truthful way, a picture, first of one's own
personality and of the people whom one has known, and secondly of the society
and age «4n which one lived. To do this entails revealing as simply as possible
one's own simplicity, absurdity, trivialities, nastiness. Now it seems to me that
almost any ...
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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