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“ Will you sit down , aiya ? ” said Babun . Fernando sat down upon it . Babun squatted opposite to him , while Punchi Menika stood behind , leaning against the doorpost . “ Well , Babun , ” said Fernando , " will the chena crop be good ...
“ I cannot do it , aiya . ” “ What folly ! There is nothing to fear . The houses are near with the same fence . No one will know if you come to me through the fence after nightfall . If I say ' Come , I want you , ' is it not enough ?
“ I have come about my man , aiya . A long time ago he was sent here for six months . The time has passed , but he has not returned to the village . They say he is dead . Is it true , aiya ? ” “ What was his name and village ?
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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
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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