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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When I was a young man I knew an Inspector of the Police & he took me there . I
have seen it I tell you . The women are not altogether like the women of the
English mahatmayas , they have black hair & their faces are very white & yellow .
I pray you , vederala – you are a wise man , and renowned for your knowledge –
tell me what wrong have we done . The devil remains ; the god has not heard us ,
nor driven him out . ' ' Be patient , mother . This fever is a hard thing to cure .
Aiya , how can I tell his name ? ' S “ What was his name , fool ? ' “ They called him
Babun . ' “ What was he convicted for ? ' ' It was a false case . They said he had
robbed the Arachchi . ' ' Oh , that man , yes . The Arachchi was killed afterwards ...
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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