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In the bazaar I met the Korala Mahatmaya. The Korala Mahatmaya is a hard man:
he said to me, 'Arachchi, there are guns in your village for which no permit has
been given by the Agent Hamadoru.' I said to him, 'Ralahami, if there be, the fault
Korala Mahatmaya, he will be angry, and put me into trouble, and ruin me; and if I
consent to his wish I will gain £5, which is much money, and possibly a beating
from the Malay men. It is better to risk the beating.' So he agreed to make the ...
in the evening, at the time when the women go to draw water, the girl came to the
cave, and the Korala Mahatmaya enjoyed her. Then he sent her away, and he
called my father who was sitting outside in the jungle, and told him that the girl ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing
Set in colonial Ceylon, this novel is vivid and readable. While the author clearly illustrates a particular culture and time, that of a rural family in the "dry" forest area, where life is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
Dear me but this is a depressing book. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong for the main characters. Written from the point of view of impoverished, uneducated jungle dwellers in Sri Lanka by ... Read full review