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'Yes, aiya, of course many people die of fever here too. But they die among their
relations, and friends, and people who are known to them; in houses where their
fathers lived before them. Surely it is a more bitter thing to die in a strange place.
'He came here with evil words, aiya.' 'Evil words 2 A child of eight?' 'Chi, chi. But
he came here with evil words and lies.' 'Lies 2 What did he say ? That your face is
very fair, and that all men desire you?' “Aiya, aiya, do not speak like that.
Are you afraid P' 'Yes, aiya, I am afraid.' “Afraid of what 2 What harm can come 2
Who need know? And what can Babun do 2 He is a fool. He owes me money.
What can he do?' 'I am afraid. It is difficult for me to explain to you, for I see you
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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