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Will they kill him ?' ' Babun is all right. I have told him. The Government do not kill.
There is no killing here. But in the jungle, always killing — the leopard and jackal,
and the hunter. Yes, and the hunter, always killing, the blood of deer and pig ...
He's mad, father, as mad as you.' The old man turned and looked hard at Silindu,
while Silindu stared at him. The spectators laughed at the curious sight. The old
man smiled. ' He's not mad,' he said. ' Not as mad as I am. So he killed twice, did
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 pig.' ' Yes, yes, I am a
hunter, but what of that, father, what of that ? ' ' Each is a sin, for I told you, didn't 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