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For them he never had a harsh word , and it was seldom that he returned to the
hut without bringing them some wild fruit or a comb of the wild honey . Gradually
the hut of the veddas , as they were nicknamed , seemed to the other villagers to
She is of the jungle , wild , not fit for your house . She was very frightened and
angry . ” For a moment Punchirala was disconcerted that his rebuff was known .
But anger came to his rescue . “ Am I to ask the girl then when I want a wife ?
They came down from the north , so it was said , flying to the sanctuary of the
uninhabited jungle where they lay hidden for years ; they lived alone in caves
and in trees , eating leaves and wild fruit and honey , and the birds and animals
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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
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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