The village in the jungle
The evils of colonialism and the struggles of man against the universe and between man and nature are explored in Woolf's early-twentieth-century saga about Silindu and the inhabitants of the Ceylonese village of Beddagama
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This chant was peculiar to Karlinahami, and no other woman of the village used it
. She had learnt it from her mother. The words ran thus: 'Sleep, child, sleep
against my side, Aiyo! aiyo! the weary way you've cried; Hush, child, hush,
At the last words of Babun, Silindu cried out as if he had been struck: 'Aiyo! aiyo!
they take even my daughter from me. Is there money in the house? No. Is there
rice? No. Is there kurakkan, or chillies, or jaggery,1 or salt even? The house is ...
'Aiyo! then we are ruined!' 'Why? what is it?' 'We are ruined. Only the Agent
Hamadoru could help us, and now it will be too late. Our chena is taken from us.
Aiyo! Aiyo!' 'Is this one of Fernando's games? They say that the chenas are his
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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