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'We have all got our folks in the village to support, Tissa, relatives, poor relatives.
How can we let them down? I couldn't have gone to college without their help,
you know.' 'Yes, yes, I understand all that, Saha,' answered Tissa impatiently.
It was that sense of himself, perhaps more than anything else, that marked him
out from all the other dogs in the village. Now, in his old age, he had withdrawn
into a great silence, not wishing to trouble anyone, just waiting for death.
I was shaken into an awareness of the village very early on. Or perhaps I had
found that understanding during that last long stay in Sandilipay, waiting for my
Matric results. It is difficult to say, and I don't quite know why. Other memories of
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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