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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Then the Buddha said, "To whom are you taking the kunji?" "To the first god." "
You are taking it to your father?" "Yes, sir." "What is your father doing?" "He
makes one into two." "To make one into two is to plough. Where is your father
Amara Devi took no offence, but offered him the cakes, saying, "Friend, if the kunji
does not please you, will you eat of the cakes?" And the Buddha did the same
with the cakes. Then Amara Devi offered him the rice, and again he spat out the ...
53 kunji. A sort of rice gruel (LW). 54 flamboyant tree. Golden mohur or flame tree
(mal-mara, Sinhala, delonix regia of the family Fabaceae), a beautiful ornamental
tree introduced from Madagascar in 1841. 55 the hand with which you eat rice.
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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