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“A long while now I have been listening to a herd of wild pig coming down wind.
Can you not even now hear their strong breathing, and their rooting in the dry
earth, and the patter of the young ones' feet on the dry leaves?” “Yakkini,” I said,
for I ...
the young boars and sows ran round the palutree, looking up at Yakkini, and
making a great noise. And the old sow, who had borne the little pig in Yakkini's
mouth, put her forefeet against the trunk of the tree, and looked up, and said, “
Do not I too come from the jungle 2 I shall be like a yakkini to you in the house,
you dog. You can tell them, they say, by the eyes which do not blink. Rightly the
village women call me yakkini. I will stay with you. Look at my arms. Are they not
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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