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There the kapuralas , blindfolded , took the god , hidden by the cloth , from the
elephant , and carried him up the steps of the temple . Again , the pilgrims
shouted the god ' s name , and women pressed forward to touch the kapurala as
Punchirala fumbled in the fold of his cloth , and drew out his betel - case . From
this he took a very dirty rag , in which were a number of copper and silver coins .
He made up the sum of ninety - five cents , and handed it over to Karlinahami .
He wore the ordinary native cloth , but above it a shirt and coat , and the villagers
therefore called him Mahatmaya . It was obvious that some very peculiar
circuinstances had brought such a man to settle down in a village like
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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