This of the follows the first volume Sowing (1960), equals in the freshness of its observation and insight which seems all the more exceptional in that some years later. The seven year span here begins when sailed for Ceylon with his volumes of Vllaire and to serve as a Civil Servant. It ends with his return home to England, to his Virginia Stephen whom he hopes to marry. In between, the the ""platitudes, chaff and gossip"" of colonial service in the the solitude on occasion-when in the lonelier post at will complete his ""imperialist isolation"". His book has an amazing fullness of places, people, and attitudes, particularly his own, Lowards Justice and capital punishment, big game hunting and international sportsmen who share his contempt for colonialism, his love of animals, compassion for the natives, independence of mind and spirit in what was a closed world. There is an unforgettable Maugham-esque story of his colleague, the Dutton and his tragic marriage to a missionary; there are many landscapes of pictorial brilliance; and the entire record is one of continuing interest in which the writer's wit, candor and intellect play a great part.