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He has covered his head with his cloth, and he will neither eat nor speak. Life is
slipping from him.' 'The doctor Mahatmaya will say it is the fever. He will give you
a bottle of fever mixture—free of charge. A clever man, the doctor Mahatmaya.
She covered her head with a cloth and lay down on the bare ground. For the first
time the bareness and fear and wildness of life had fallen from her; she fell
asleep in the peace of well-being, and the merit which she had acquired.
So saying the old man shuffled back into a corner, and covering his head and
face with a dirty cloth, soon fell asleep. Silindu continued to mumble the Pali
stanza, which he did not understand. The villagers, seeing that no more
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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