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Every one in the village knew well that Babehami's friends would find no difficulty
in obtaining the authority to clear a chena, and that the Agent Hamadoru” would
never hear from Babehami whether they had cleared four acres or eight. But the ...
The Korala Mahatmaya is a hard man : he said to me, “Arachchi, there are guns
in your village for which no permit has been given by the Agent Hamadoru.” I said
to him, “Ralahami, if there be, the fault is not mine.” Then he said, “The order ...
He is a Mudalali now : I expect he hopes to be made the Agent Hamadoru one
day.” 'It is he, aiya, he and the headman. They want me to give my wife to the
Mudalali. I refused. Now they have taken my chena from me. They will ruin me.
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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