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The son of the headman died suddenly, and apparently for no cause. Then it was
remembered that, three days before, the child had been carrying some leaves
when he met the deer and Hinnihami. The deer had gone up to the child and
They held her that she might see what they did. The deer was moaning in pain.
One of the men cut a thick stick and struck him upon the hind legs until they were
broken. Hinni- hami -fought and struggled, but she was powerless in their hands.
As for the hanging, that is very foolish ; the judge must be a foolish man, but I do
not think it will hurt you. Remember it is not for the killing of the two men, but for
the previous birth. Then there comes hell. You must have killed many deer and
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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