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The trees are stunted and twisted by the drought, by the thin and sandy soil, by
the dry wind. They are scabrous, thorny trees, with grey leaves whitened by the
clouds of dust which the wind perpetually sweeps over them : their trunks are
'Where the nuga-trees" now stand in the jungle to the south 2 The last house was
abandoned when I was a boy, but the devil still dances beneath the nuga-trees.' '
Yes, it was Bogama. It was a village like this in my father's time, and in your ...
Voices mocked him from the canopy of leaves above him; dim forms moved
among the shadows of the trees. Suddenly a blind terror came upon him, and he
began to run through the dense jungle. The boughs of the trees lashed him as he
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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