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It could only be cultivated if the village tank filled with water , and much rain had
to fall before the tank filled . If the rains from the north - east in November were
good , and the people could borrow seed , then the rice - fields in January and ...
They are rich : it is a good village : rain falls there , and there are cocoanut lands ,
and paddy grows . The village spreads and prospers , and the headman is a rich
man . They say that tax is paid upon sixty men every year . It would be a good ...
The year of the great rains and rice and plenty was followed by a year of scarcity
and sickness . ... The great wind from the south - west failed at last , but even then
the rain did not come , and the withering heat lay still and heavy over the jungle ...
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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