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Below the huts to the east of the village lay the tank, a large shallow depression
in the jungle. Where the depression was deepest the villagers had raised a long
narrow bund or mound of earth, so that when the rain fell the tank served as a ...
Unlike her brother she was always busy, sweeping the house and compound,
fetching water from the tank, cooking, and attending to the children. Very soon
after she came to Silindu's house she began to talk and think of the children as ...
The little puddle thick with mud in the tank, which supplied the village with water,
dried up, and the women had to go daily four miles to fetch water from an
abandoned tank in the jungle. In November the chenas were still standing black
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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