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But there is always something for the thief to find. They creep in while I am away
in the jungle ; they see the little ones whom I have fed, the little ones who
laughed and called me " Appochchi"2 when I brought them fruits and honeycomb
The wrinkled forehead, the open mouth, the pain and hesitation in Babun's face
as he stood before him, seemed to him extraordinarily ridiculous. He laughed.
The laugh broke the spell. Babun turned again. 'I must see the woman herself,' he
They beat her. They threw stones at her. That was long ago — in the jungle. But
now Babun is away for six months. When he comes back, I shall say to him, "
Clear out." as the judge Hamadoru Said. They laughed at me then. A foolish old
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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