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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He was passing the shop of the Moorman, who had previously made many loans
in Beddagama: Cassim, who was sitting within doing nothing, knew Babun and
called out to him: 'What are you doing in Kamburupitiya, Babun? Like cotton ...
asked the interpreter of Babun. Babun shook his head. 'What questions are there
?' he said. 'Do you know this Mudalali?' said the judge to the Korala. 'I have seen
him before in Kamburupitiya.' 'Have you seen him before in Beddagama?' 'No.
'Beddagama, I know it. I knew it long ago. I, too, come from over there, from
Mahawelagama, beyond Beddagama. You should go back to your village,
woman.' 'But my man, father, what about my man?' The old man turned his head
very slowly ...
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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