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It was the hottest time of the year , when the jungle is withered with drought , the
grass has died down , the earth is caked and cracked with heat ; the trees along
the paths and road are white with dust . The pools had dried up , and the little ...
Aiyo ! the long road and the hot sun . We are burnt as black as Tamils , and look
at our feet . On the road the strong and healthy fall sick , and the sick 1 An
expression used frequently in stories to mean a husband . man grows weaker .
He thinks there are elephants on the main road I suppose . ... I would rather drive
a bull along the road than him . ... This old man was one of those wanderers
whom one meets from time to time in villages , upon the roads , or even
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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