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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
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 — either
the man or the girl." The holy man knows this, and says that you must remain ...
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 the town as you
told us. Leave us in peace, aiya, leave us in peace.' ' It is not lies,' broke 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