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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'Your man is right,' said Nanchohami. 'This is the month when the children die.
Last year in this month I buried one and my brother's wife another. Good rain
never falls now, and there is always hunger and fever. The old die and the little
The night after his meeting with Punchi Menika on the path from the chena, he
broke the news to Nanchohami and Babehami, as he and his brother-in-law were
eating the evening meal. 'Sister,' he said, 'it is time that I took a wife.
'Yes,' said Nanchohami, 'it would be a good thing for you to go to Kotegoda and
take a woman from there, a daughter of my man's brother.1 She would bring you
land, and you could settle there. What use is it to live in this village? Even the ...
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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