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They were surprised at first that the animals in the jungle did not speak to them as
they always did to Silindu when he was alone . But Silindu explained it to them .
You are very young , ' he said . “ You do not know the tracks . You are strange to ...
Do the beasts in it speak to you , son hunter ? ' Yes . They used to speak to me . ' '
So they called you mad . All the beasts in the jungle speak to me too , except the
elephant . The elephant is too sad even to talk . Usually when I see him he is ...
While they still stand upright , they must do their work ; they eat and they sleep ;
they mutter frequently to themselves ; but they do not speak to others , and no
one speaks to them . They live in a twilight , where even pain is scarcely felt .
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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