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They were almost always together, and the fearlessness which she had shown
towards Punchirala, and which seemed to have changed her suddenly from a
child into a woman, inspired him. The fear of evil overhanging him no longer ...
On the morning following the evening on which the child was born, Silindu came
back from the jungle carrying in his arms a fawn newly dropped by its mother. He
went straight to Hinnihami, who lay in the hut nursing the child, and kneeling ...
The death of the child is what every mother must continually expect. They had
seen it too long in the village to be surprised at their own suffering : the birth of
children every year and then the coming of the fever to carry them off. Their grief
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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