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Yakkini," I said, for I heard her teeth clicking in the darkness, " the ear of the
hungry is in the belly : the sound of your teeth can be heard a hoo 1 cry's distance
away." So we lay still again, and at last the herd ot pigs came down the track.
the young boars and sows ran round the palu- tree, looking up at Yakkini, and
making a great noise. And the old sow, who had borne the little pig in Yakkini's
mouth, put her forefeet against the trunk of the tree, and looked up, and said, "
I shall be like a yakkini to you in the house, you dog. You can tell them, they say,
by the eyes which do not blink. Rightly the village women call me yakkini. I will
stay with you. Look at my arms. Are they not as strong as a man's arms ? I will
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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
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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