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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11), and his daughters are beautiful, healthy young animals, 'strange' and 'wild'
and 'simple' in speech and mind, their skins aglow 'with a golden colour, like the
coat of a fawn when the sun shines on it' (p. 17). They love their father 'blindly, ...
On the morning following the evening on which the child was born, Silindu came
back from the jungle carrying in his arms a fawn newly dropped by its mother. He
went straight to Hinnihami, who lay in the hut nursing the child, and kneeling ...
Then she stretched out her head, and she cried out again, and fell dead upon the
ground by the side of the fawn.' Hinnihami pressed the fawn to her. 'Yes, he has
come to me out of the jungle, a sign from the god, a great charm against evil.
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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