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I did not want the evil eye and a worker of evil to bring misfortune on my house.
My mother knows, for she ... Only because of my knowledge of charms was I able
to keep away the evil with which she threatened me. And then comes this deer ...
'He came here with evil words, aiya.' 'Evil words 2 A child of eight 2' 'Chi, chi. But
he came here with evil words and lies.' 'Lies 2 What did he say * That your face is
very fair, and that all men desire you ?' 'Aiya, aiya, do not speak like that.
My son, you are a hunter, you know the jungle; surely you have seen the evil
there, and the pain—always desire and killing. No peace or rest there either for
the deer or the pig, or the little grey mongoose. They have sinned, and are far
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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