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Will you sit down, aiya ?' said Babun. Fernando sat down upon it. Babun squatted
opposite to him, while Punchi Menika stood behind, leaning against the doorpost.
' Well, Babun,' said Fernando, ' will the cKena crop be good, do you think ?
'Yes, aiya, of course many people die of fever here too. But they die among their
relations, and friends, and people who are known to them ; in houses where their
fathers lived before them. Surely it is a more bitter thing to die in a strange place.
Aiya, how can I tell his name ? ' ' What was his name, fool ? ' ' They called him
Babun." ' What was he convicted for ? ' ' It was a false case. They said he had
robbed the Arachchi.' ' Oh, that man, yes. The Arachchi was killed afterwards,
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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