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I pray you , vederala -you are a wise man , and renowned for your knowledge -
tell me what wrong have we done . The devil remains ; the god has not heard us ,
nor driven him out . ' • Be patient , mother . This fever is a hard thing to cure .
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 ? ' • What nonsense . Are you a child , then ? What shame is there ...
Aiya , how can I tell his name ? ' • What was his name , fool ? ' They called him
Babun . ' What was he convicted for ? ' . It was a false case . They said he had
robbed the Arachchi . ' Oh , that man , yes . The Arachchi was killed afterwards ...
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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