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Silindu was a cousin of the wife of Babehami, the headman, who lived in the
adjoining compound. Babehami had been made a headman because he was the
only man in the village who could write his name. He was a very small man, and
And when the strangers had gone, the settlement with the headman began ; for
the headman, on a small scale, lent grain on the same terms in times of scarcity,
or when seed was wanted to sow the chenas. In the end the villager carried but ...
His first move was to try to learn something about the family from the headman. ...
By evil charms they had enticed Babun to their compound, and now they boasted
that he, the brother of the headman's wife, had married Punchi Menika.
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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