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Do you understand now, Arachchi?” Silindu stopped. The Arachchi had been
watching him narrowly. He began to understand the drift of Silindu's incoherent
words. But he still felt uneasy. As Silindu spoke, his suppressed excitement
I did not understand before, though I knew; yes, I knew it well. I have seen it all so
long in the jungle. But I did not understand. How many times have I told the little
ones—not understanding—about it all. Always this killing, killing, killing; ...
“Do you understand, fellow?” said the latter. “I don't understand, Hamadoru.” “
Explain to him, jailer.” “You are not going to be hanged, d'you understand that?
You'll be kept in prison instead— twenty years.” “Twenty years?” “Yes, twenty
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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