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asked them what their occupation was, they would have replied ' the cultivation of
rice ' ; but in reality they only cultivated rice about once in ten years. Rice requires
water in plenty ; it must stand in water for weeks before it grows ripe for the ...
At the end of three days he gave her half a seer1 of rice, and said, " Amara Devi,
cook for me kunji, boiled rice, and cakes." She never thought to say, " How can I
cook so much out of half a seer of rice ?" but was ready to do as she was told.
Why do you starve here when you could eat rice and grow fat elsewhere ?' ' So
my sister and her man said, aiya ! They wanted me to go away and marry in
another village — over there ; rain falls and rice grows there. But it is a great evil
to live ...
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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