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There are people who will tell you that they have no fear of the jungle, that they
know it as well as the streets of Maha Nuwara or their own compounds. Such
people are either liars and boasters, or they are fools, without understanding or ...
the grating of branches, in the gloom, in the startled, slinking, peering beasts. And
behind the fear is always the hunger and the thirst, and behind the hunger and
the thirst fear again. The herd of deer must come down to drink at the water-hole.
But even in a good year the grain from the chenas was scarcely sufficient for the
villagers. And just as in the jungle fear and hunger for ever crouch, slink, and
peer with every beast, so hunger and the fear of hunger always lay upon 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