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He sat on under the mustard - tree , staring at the outline of the trees against the
starlit sky . The silence of the jungle settled down upon the compound . Punchi
Menika brought him his food . She tried to comfort him , to get him to come into
The crops withered , and the old and the young died . It has brought us want and
disease and death . " The village soon came to believe in Punchirala's opinions .
Small children were hurried away out of sight of Hinnihami as she passed .
They were dangerous people ; they had brought misfortune and death into the
village . Fernando was not greatly impressed by their reputation for working harm
" by magic ” ; as became a townman , he was somewhat sceptical ; but what was
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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