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along the road as far as you could see and then forward along the road as far as
you could see, the road behind and the road in front of you were absolutely
identical, a straight ribbon of white or grey between two walls of green. In my last
three years in Ceylon, I lived a great deal in this kind of solid jungle country, for it
covered half of the Hambantota District where I was Assistant Government Agent.
It is oppressive and menacing, but I got to like it very much. It is full of trees and ...
befell me which for the time solved my housing problem. I got typhoid. I know
exactly how I got it. In the north-west shoulder of the mainland across the sea
from Jaffna there had been a complete failure of rain and a minor famine had
fallen upon the unfortunate inhabitants. We started a relief work at Punakari, the
building of a road. The people worked on the road and were paid in rice and
every fortnight I sailed across to superintend the work and see that the people
received their rice.
along the Tissa road in order to get to Tissa as early as possible next morning.
My carts and servants went by road and I rode, cutting across country through
scrub jungle. One evening, when I was doing this, I arrived at the bungalow
before the carts. I tied my pony to a tree and went off into the jungle north of the
bungalow. I had often seen peafowl in the neighbourhood and I thought I would
try to find the big trees on which they roosted. I moved about rather aimlessly for
half an hour ...
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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