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In the former the woman is recognised by his and her families as his wife; almost
invariably she is openly taken to his house, and there is a procession and
feasting on the wedding day: in the latter the woman is never publicly recognised
as a ...
A fine and a rich wife! A pariah woman, a vedda, a daughter of a dog,' vesi,
vesige duwa' Ohé! the headman's brother is to marry a sweeper of jakes! Do you
hear this? Will you allow these Tamils? in your house? Yes, 'twill be a fine thing
in the ...
“Hamadoru, the headman is on very bad terms with me; he is angry with me
because of my wife. He is angry with my wife's father. He wanted me to marry
from another village. Then he wanted me to give my wife to the Mudalali and
because I ...
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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