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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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 ...
'What is the use? There will only be abuse and angry words. It is always lies or
foul words in a woman's mouth. ... His mind worked slowly, and he was dazed by
the shock, and by the insinuating stream of the headman's words. But there was a
Silindu's words were interpreted to the judge, who took up a black cloth and
placed it on his head. Silindu was sentenced to be hanged by the neck until he
should be dead. The words were translated to him in Sinhalese by the interpreter.
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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