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... men would gather in Silindu's compound to listen to one of her stories . They
sat round the one room or outside round the door , very still and silent , listening
to her droning voice as she squatted by the fire and stared out into the darkness .
We went on and on many days — round and round too — he leading , and I
following . And at last we came to very thick jungle which not even he knew . And
a sort of madness came on us to go on and on always , and we had forgotten the
All this doing and doing , -running round and round like the red antsthieving ,
stabbing , killing , cultivating this and that . Is there much good or wisdom in such
a life ? It seems to me full of evil - nothing but evil and trouble . Do they ever sit ...
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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