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The words ran thus : • Sleep , child , sleep against my side , Aiyo ! aiyo ! the
weary way you ' ve cried ; Hush , child , hush , pressed close against my side . '
Aiyo ! aiyo ! will the trees never end ? Our women ' s feet are weary ; O Great One
At the last words of Babun , Silindu cried out as if he had been struck : " Aiyo !
aiyo ! they take even my daughter from me . Is there money in the house ? No . Is
there rice ? No . Is there kurakkan , or chillies , or jaggery , or salt even ? The
Aiyo ! how can I do this ? ' . And the headman of Bogama , and the devil that still
dances beneath the trees . ' Silindu ' s face worked with excitement . ' Ask
anything else of me , vederala I cannot do this , I cannot do this . ' Punchirala
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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