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Will they hang him, aiya ? ' asked the boutique-keeper. ' Yes, he'll be hanged,
sure enough,' said the peon. ' He confessed it himself, you see.' ' But they never
really hang people, I am told. They send them away to a prison a long way off.
Nonsense,' said one of the traders. ' In Maha Nuwara they hang them. I knew a
man there whose nephew was hanged, and afterwards they gave him the body to
bury. The head hung over like this, and the mark of the rope was round the neck.
It is too late. They will hang me, they will hang me, and what then, old man, what
then ? ' The old man began to shake with laughter. He mumbled incoherently,
pulling at his beard and long hair with his hands. The scene caused great
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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