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The words ran thus : Sleep , child , sleep against my side , Aiyo ! aiyo ! the weary
way you've cried ; Hush , child , hush , pressed close against my side . • Aiyo !
aiyo ! will the trees never end ? Our women's feet are weary ; O Great One , send
... of offal , vesi , vesige mau ! Go to him of the evil eye , belli , bellige duwa ; go to
your brother . Aiyo ! Aiyo ! aiyo ! My little Podi Sinho ! I am a mother only of the
dead , a mother of six dead children . Look at my breasts , shrivelled and milkless
At the last words of Babun , Silindu cried out as if he had been struck : • Aiyo !
aiyo ! they take even my daughter from me . Is there money in the house ? No. Is
there rice ? No. Is there kurakkan , or chillies , or jaggery , or salt even ? 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