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a wife, and now I will bring this girl into the compound.” But they were very angry,
for they want to marry me to a woman of Kotegoda, because of the land which
she would bring as dowry. To-night they abused me, and there was a quarrel.
CHAPTER V BABUN put up a new hut in Silindu's compound, and three weeks
after he left his brother-in-law, he and Punchi Menika began to live together in it.
It was the beginning of a far greater prosperity for the family. Babun worked hard
for hours in the compound watching the path by which she knew he would return;
and whenever he would allow her, she followed him on his expeditions. The
marriage of Punchi Menika and Babun created a great sensation in the village.
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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