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The parties and witnesses in the case were taken at once to the court - house .
They waited about all the morning on the verandah . The court was a very large
oblong room with a roof of flat red tiles . At one end was the bench , a raised daïs
The court interpreter , a Sinhalese Mahatmaya in coat and trousers , stood upon
a small wooden step near the bench . The judge spoke to him in an angry voice .
The interpreter replied in a soothing deferential tone . The conversation being in
sound in the court . Outside , down on the shore , the net had been hauled in ,
and the fish sold . Not a living being could be seen now , except an old fisherman
sitting by a broken canoe , and looking out over the waters of the bay . The wind ...
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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