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Below the bund lay the stretch of rice - fields , about thirty acres , which the
villagers cultivated , if the tank filled with water , by cutting a hole in the bund ,
through which the water from the tank ran into the fields . The jungle rose high
and dense ...
At the end of three days he gave her half a seer 11 of rice , and said , ' Amara
Devi , cook for me kunji , boiled rice , and cakes . ' She never thought to say , '
How can I cook so much out of half a seer of rice ? ' but was ready to do as she
A great chena crop was assured . The more energetic began to talk of rice
cultivation , now that the tank was full , and to regret the want of seed paddy .
Then a rumour spread that the Gove ernment was going to make advances of
seed , and ...
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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