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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 ...
They came down from the north , so it was said , flying to the sanctuary of the
uninhabited jungle where they lay hidden for years ; they lived alone in caves
and in trees , eating leaves and wild fruit and honey , and the birds and animals
She had to search the jungle for edible leaves and wild fruit and roots , like the
wild onions which the pig feed upon . When the chena season came she worked
in the others ' chenas , Balappu's and Bastian Appu's , and even Punchirala's .
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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