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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 * 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 was told.
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 Government
was going to make advances of seed, and at last one day the Korala Mahatmaya
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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