The Village in the Jungle: A Novel

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Eland, 2005 - Fiction - 209 pages
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This novel set in Ceylon follows the lives of a handful of villagers hacking out a fragile existence in a jungle where indiscriminate growth, indifferent fate and malevolent neighbours constantly threaten to overwhelm them. It is as if Thomas Hardy were immersed in the heat, scent, sensuality and pungent mystery of the tropics.Seven years as a colonial administrator gave Woolf first-hand knowledge of the injustice of colonial rule, and an acute psychological sympathy with the villagers. He skillfully incorporates local story-telling traditions and beliefs into his chilling narrative, to create a book which remains one of the best-loved in Sri Lanka to this day.

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Woolf (Virginia's hubby) was a colonial administrator. That experience provided the background for his 1913 novel, which tells the story of the harsh lives of Ceylonese (now Sri Lanka) villagers, who ... Read full review

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