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time, and at last I heard far away the sound of a hoof upon a dry stick. “Sister,” I
whispered, “I hear a deer coming this way.” “Yakko, have you no ears?” she said.
“A long while now I have been listening to a herd of wild pig coming down wind.
The devil remains; the god has not heard us, nor driven him out.' “Be patient,
mother. This fever is a hard thing to cure. Did I not tell you that even in the
hospital there is no medicine against it? And it is hard for a man to find the lucky
jackals are picking the bones of the elephant on the river bank, there are other
elephants bathing in the river. Nor are they all cows. Well, well.' 'Ralahami, do
you really know anything 2 Have you heard that he is dead?' 'I have heard
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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
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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