The Village in the Jungle
Sidelined by Leonard Woolf's involvement in politics after he left the Civil Service, overshadowed by Virginia Woolf's continuous and brilliant achievement as a novelist, The Village in the Jungle (1913) fell from notice in Britain until, by the time its author died in 1969, it was almost forgotten. In Sri Lanka and southeast Asia, however, scholars recognize this classic novel as part of a distinguished literary line extending from Kipling through Conrad and Forster, to Paul Scott and Ruth Jhabvala. The value to scholarship of Professor Yasmine Gooneratne's edition is enhanced by perceptive comparisons, now made for the first time, of the novel's various editions with Woolf's original manuscript. Highlighting substantial amendments made by the author prior to publication, she shows in detailed notes how they reflect his passion for accuracy, his wish to maintain objectivity while writing of another culture, and his humane sympathy for the people among whom he had worked for seven years as a civil servant in Sri Lanka. explained, Sinhala words glossed, the novel's themes related to the politics of colonialism, and the entire work brought within the ambit of the 21st century.
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There was a table with a lamp upon it beside him . Silindu coughed . The
Ratemahatmaya looked up and said sharply : ' Who is there ? ' Hamadoru , it is I .
May I come into the verandah ? ' ' What do you want at this time ? Come to -
Silindu did not quite understand , but he felt vaguely encouraged by the white
Hamadoru . He had spoken Sinhalese to him ; he had not spoken in an angry
voice , and he was the same Hamadorul who had told him to clear out of the court
they told . And they would get Punchi Menika for the Mudalali . Then , as I went , I
thought of the old buffalo who is wounded and charges upon – ' Silindu caught
sight of the gun and rifle , and stopped . “ Ah ! the Hamadoru is a hunter , too ?
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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