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scattering the leaves . The trees are stunted and twisted by the drought , by the
thin and sandy soil , by the dry wind . They are scabrous , thorny trees , with grey
leaves whitened by the clouds of dust which the wind perpetually sweeps over ...
But the yakka answered , fighting against the power , “ Something must be given .
" The master said , “ Unless she be given , do not leave the man . Am I to die for
this foolish man ' s sake ? ” Then the god said , “ Yes , something must be given ...
It was the Mahatmaya who came to my house and called the woman to him . She
refused . She would not leave me . ' He turned to Fernando . " Aiya , why come
and trouble us ? We are poor and ignorant , and you have wealth , and women in
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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