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Below the huts to the east of the village lay the tank , a large shallow depression
in the jungle . Where the depression was deepest the villagers had raised a long
narrow bund or mound of earth , so that when the rain fell the tank served as a ...
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 ...
Then they built the great tank in the jungle , and people went there from all the
villages of the west - poor men living in villages like this . Now it is a town , and all
are rich there , and eating rice . ” “ Yes , aiya , we know that . The tank was built in
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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