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“Yakko, he-devil,” she answered, “three days now I have killed but one thin grey
monkey, and there are two cubs in the cave to be fed.” “Yakkini, she-devil,” I said,
“there are two little toads at home to be fed. But I still have a handful of kurakkan ...
“Yakko, have you no ears?” she said. “A long while now I have been listening to a
herd of wild pig coming down wind. Can you not even now hear their strong
breathing, and their rooting in the dry earth, and the patter of the young ones' feet
Get up, yakko' (the servant boy kicked Silindu again). “Now, then. When did you
kill them, and how 2' 'Three or four days ago. It was in the morning. I went with the
Arachchi to the chena. I shot him through the back.' 'Where did you get the gun ...
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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
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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