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The court interpreter , a Sinhalese Mahatmaya in coat and trousers , stood upon a small wooden step near the bench . The judge spoke to him in an angry voice . The interpreter replied in a soothing deferential tone .
The judge got up and turned to leave the court . ' I am sorry , ' he said , ' but the decision has been given . I treated you very leniently as a first offender . ' Every one stood up in silence as the judge left the court .
They put handcuffs on his hands , and led him through the streets to the court . Silindu's case was the first case for trial . He did not pay much attention to the proceedings -he continued to mumble the Pali stanzabut he felt 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