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What cattle these people are! Is Babun in my debt? Is he to get a share of my
chenas?” “Yes, aiya, I heard you tell him so.” “Well, is anything given for nothing?
Do they give you rice in the bazaar for nothing, or kurakkan or cloth P Do they?
Fool! you cannot see him there, but he can see you now; he will let you pass him,
and then out he will dash upon you, and his great horns will crash into your side,
and he will fling you backwards through the air as if you were paddy straw.
He began to think that he had been a fool to give himself up; as he walked
behind the police sergeant through the jungle, of which he knew every tree and
track, a great desire for it and for freedom came upon him again. He thought of
the great ...
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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