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The other women laughed , and Angohami , a dirty shrivelled woman , with thin
shrivelled breasts , called out in a shrill voice : Why should we suffer these
veddas in the village ? Their compound smells of their own droppings , and of the
Punchi Menika laughed as she turned away . ' Fear nothing , sister , ' she said , '
there is no leopard crouching for you . Fight on , brothers , for the prize is fair . '
Punchi Menika walked slowly on down the track . The blood in her veins moved ...
They beat her . They threw stones at her . That was long ago — in the jungle . But
now Babun is away for six months . When he comes back , I shall say to him , “
Clear out , ” as the judge Hamadoru said . They laughed at me then . A foolish old
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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