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chena, Arachchi. I cannot live without the chena. Without a chena I must starve.
You cannot see me starve. Even now there is no grain in my house. You must
give me the chena.' Babehami thought for a while, then he said: 'Well, I will see
Then I took my gun, and went to him, and said: “Ralahami, you may give the
woman to the Mudalali, and in return give me back my chena.” The Arachchi
thought to himself: “Here is a fool.” But he said: “Very well, I will give the chena ...
“It couldn't be one month before, because the chena crop was not reaped yet.' “
Reaped? Why it had only just been sown.” 'It must have been three months
before.' 'Three months, you fool? Is a chena crop like ninety days' rice?' 'Fool 2
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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
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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