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They were surprised at first that the animals in the jungle did not speak to them as
they always did to Silindu when he was alone . But Silindu explained it to them . '
You are very young , ' he said . “ You do not know the tracks . You are strange ...
Aiya , aiya , do not speak like that . He spoke shameful words . I cannot tell you
what he said . ' Nonsense . You have beaten my servant and you must tell me
why , or I must go to the headman . ' Aiya , why force me to tell what is shameful ?
I will speak to Babun . Shall it be done soon ? ... A message was sent to Babun
that the headman wanted to speak to him . Babun was very much ... This
Mahatmaya has been speaking of it , saying you are a good man . All that is very
long ago ...
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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