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“Punchi Appu ! Punchi Appu !' she kept repeating, 'you must not die. Surely the
god who gave you to me will save you. Punchi Appu, Punchi Appu, you cannot
die.' Then gradually a sense only of dull despair settled upon her. She sat ...
died; they killed Punchi Appu ; they killed my sister. And now evil again.' Punchi
Menika had spoken in a very low voice, very slowly. Fernando stood looking at
her. For a moment he was affected by the resignation and sadness of her tone.
I saw her lying in the jungle by the deer—what did we call him 2 Kalu Appu ?
Punchi Appu ? Yes, yes, Punchi Appu, that was long ago. They beat her. They
threw stones at her. That was long ago—in the jungle. But now Babun is away for
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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