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Growing: Seven Years in Ceylon by Leonard Woolf



ISBN: 9781780600710 Category: Tags: ,


Growing is a portrait of a young man sent straight out from university to help govern Ceylon. It is doubtful that any Empire at any time has been served by such an intelligent dutiful hardworking and incorruptible civil servant as the young Leonard Woolf. He was determined to do what was good but discovered for himself that colonial rule be it ever so high-minded is fated to do wrong. Growing is also a deeply affectionate account of the mystery magic and savage beauty of Ceylon at the turn of the century an island whose diverse beliefs and cultures Woolf had the time and wit to explore in detail.

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