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In the water-holes the water has sunk too low for them to reach it on the slippery
rocks; for days and nights they wander round and round the holes, stretching
down their heads to the water, which they cannot touch. Many die of thirst and ...
They sat round the one room or outside round the door, very still and silent,
listening to her droning voice as she squatted by the fire and stared out into the
darkness.* Outside lay Silindu, apparently paying no attention to the tale. The
The Ratemahatmaya got out and went round to the back of the house to
announce his arrival through the servants. Silindu squatted down near the
hackery ; he was no longer quite conscious of what was going on around him ;
after a while the ...
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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