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Go to him of the evil eye, belli, bellige duwa ; go to your brother. Aiyo ! aiyo ! My
little Podi Sinho ! I am a mother only of the dead, a mother of six dead children.
Look at my breasts, shrivelled and milkless. I say to the father of my child ...
And for three days my father lived in the house, preparing the charm. On the
fourth day the Korala Mahatmaya and my father — taking cold cooked rice with
them — set out from the house, saying they were going to my father's village for
Then my father was very angry, for all the money had gone on the gambling and
jewellery. There was no money to pay the merchants for goods for the shop, but
worst of all he had no money for gambling. The girl had taunted me because I ...
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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