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“Yakko, he-devil,” she answered, 'three days now I have killed but one thin grey
monkey, and there are two cubs in the cave to be fed.' 'Yakkini, she-devil,' I said, “
there are two little toads at home to be fed. But I still have a handful of kurakkan ...
“Where did you get these from, yakko?” ” he asked. “I know nothing about them:
they are not mine.” “Don't lie, yakko. They were in your house. Where did you get
them from?” “Hamadoru, I know nothing about them. Some one must have put ...
Stand up, yakko, stand up. Make him stand up.” The servant boy kicked Silindu in
the ribs, and told him to stand up. Silindu rose slowly. “Now, then. You say you
have killed the Arachchi and the Mudalali. Is that Fernando, the boutique-keeper
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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