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The little fellow could have been barely nine years old, but he swept half a dozen
mugs off the table with one hand and wiped clean the stone table-top with the
other, using a dirty wet rag. I must have made a face because Lal laughed
He leapt back from the table clutching at his trousers (the girl chuckled) and
knocked over his chair (the girl burst out laughing). Vijay scowled at her. 'Serves
you right,' she said unabashed, her laughter rising another octave. Vijay strode ...
He chuckled mirthlessly . . . what a silly joke . . . senile ... no one to laugh with any
more ... no one laughed any more . . . when the Commander stopped laughing,
they all stopped laughing . . . life was a serious business . . . another silly joke.
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WHEN MEMORY DIESUser Review - Kirkus
First published in Britain, a novel that movingly details how three generations of idealists try to find meaning and purpose as their country, Sri Lanka, becomes another killing field. The author ... Read full review