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As they became older the fear of hunger became more and more present with
them. When Silindu was away from the village they were often compelled to live
upon the fruits and leaves and roots, which they gathered themselves in the
For a while Babun did not like to disturb his silence, then he asked diffidently : '
But, aiya, if Colombo is your village, how is it that you now live in Kamburupitiya ?
' Fernando laughed. ' What talk is this of villages ?' he said. ' Everywhere here ...
My daughter cannot live with thieves now. She will go to the Mudalali. Do you
understand ?' ' Yes, Silindu. But it must be done quietly. She cannot go openly to
his house, or there will be silly talk, after what was said in the court.' ' No, no.
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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
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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