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Now, Arachchi, that was nothing; do not mind what I said then. I was thinking,
thinking. You know they call me mad in the village. Well, I was thinking, you know
, now that Babun is over there for six months, I heard the judge Hamadoru say
chena, Arachchi. I cannot live without the chena. Without a chena I must starve.
You cannot see me starve. Even now there is no grain in my house. You must
give me the chena.' Babehami thought for a while, then he said: 'Well, I will see
He is afraid, very afraid—and in pain. But the pain brings anger, and with anger,
anger, Arachchi, comes cunning. And now, Arachchi, now comes the game, the
dangerous game. The young men laugh at it, but the wise hunter would be afraid.
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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