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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would be a good thing for you to take a wife from there, for she would bring you a
dowry.' '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
It is a good thing to end all this trouble, like this.' 'Yes, it is a very good thing to
end it - like this. Yes - like this, like this. But now the chena, Arachchi. I cannot live
without the chena. Without a chena I must starve. You cannot see me starve.
She remembered Babun's words to the Mudalali, 'Surely it is a more bitter thing to
die in a strange place.' It might be a still bitterer thing to live in a strange place.
She was alone in the world; the only thing left to her was the compound and 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