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The proverb says , ' If the eyes of a woman are like the eyes of a cat , evil comes
to the man who looks into them . The hair of the English Mahatmayas ' women is
very fair , the colour of the young cocoanut - flowers . Yes , they are mad .
The old buffalo knows , the old buffalo knows ; the young men laugh at him , '
buffaloes ' eyes , ' they say , ' blind eyes , foolish eyes , a foolish face like a buffalo
, ' but he is clever , amma ! he is clever — when wounded — when he hears the ...
The eyes here and there flaking off into whitish brown scales , as the bark flakes
off the kumbuk - trees . The flesh of the cheeks bad dried and shrunk ; the lips
seemed to have sunk into the toothless mouth , leaving a long line damp with
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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