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And he was not an easy man to argue with : if he wanted a loan he would,
unheeding of any excuse or refusal, hang about the headman's door for a whole
day. But if it were a case of repayment, he would sit staring over his creditor's
This man was called Tikiri Banda, and he wanted to marry the daughter of the
headman. The headman refused to give her, and Tikiri Banda being very angry
put a charm upon a devil which lived in a banian-tree. And the devil took a snake
His first move was to try to learn something about the family from the headman. ...
By evil charms they had enticed Babun to their compound, and now they boasted
that he, the brother of the headman's wife, had married Punchi Menika.
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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