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But though he feared it, he loved it in a strange, unconscious way, in the same
unconscious way in which the wild buffalo loves the wallow, and the leopard his
lair among the rocks. Silent, inert, and sullen he worked in the chena or squatted
And my father said to them—so he told me—“How can I go to this strange place 2
Can I take the woman and the child with me 2 I have no house there, and no
money to buy in the bazaar. Among strangers and in strange places evil comes.
'Yes, aiya, of course many people die of fever here too. But they die among their
relations, and friends, and people who are known to them ; in houses where their
fathers lived before them. Surely it is a more bitter thing to die in a strange place.
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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