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Dingihami died two days after giving birth to the twins. Silindu had a sister called
Karlinahami, who lived in a house at the other end of the village. Misfortune had
fallen upon her, the misfortune so common in the life of a jungle village.
He denied all knowledge of the matter, and in three days his brother died. The
brother's share of the chena produce was handed over to Punchirala, as no one
else was inclined to run the risk of the curse which appeared to attach to it.
But he screamed with pain at the slightest movement, and he had grown too big
for her to carry. She felt that he was dying. She flung herself down by him,
caressing his head, and calling to him not to leave her. “Punchi Appu ! Punchi
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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