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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They are all sickly things, unfit to bear you children.' 'My father's brother married a
woman of Kotegoda,' said Babehami. 'In those days wives brought dowries with
them - of land. He went to live on her land at Kotegoda: it lies fifty miles away, ...
You think of all things. Yes, it must all be done quietly, quietly.' 'Very well, Silindu,
I will tell the Mudalali. It is a good thing to end all this trouble, like this.' 'Yes, it is a
very good thing to end it - like this. Yes - like this, like this. But now the chena, ...
She remembered Babun's words to the Mudalali,3 'Surely it is a more bitter thing
to die in a strange place.' It might be a still bitterer thing to live in a strange place.
She was alone in the world; the only thing left to her was the compound and the ...
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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