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Those dogs of peons ! Every one knows where the Agent Hamadoru is except the
peon ; and he only knows when there are fanams in his hand. The Agent
Hamadoru is in Galbodapattu on circuit : he will not return for another ten days.
People came out of the houses and boutiques, and discussed him and his crimes
with the peon. The first night they slept in a boutique in one of these villages. The
boutique was full of people ; they gathered round to watch Silindu eat his curry ...
The peon had for the twentieth time that day told Silindu's story with many
embellishments, and complained bitterly of his silence and stupidity. The others
sat round in the reeking atmosphere watching Silindu eat his rice by the dim light
of two ...
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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