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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.
“The girl is too young; she has not flowered yet.' Punchirala laughed. 'Did you
bring the girl up or only filth, as the saying is? They are called twins, but the one
has been married a year and the other has not flowered yet!' “Vederalas I would ...
Then the god said, “Yes, something must be given—either the man or the girl.”
The holy man knows this, and says that you must remain here, and take the man
every night in the perahera until the night of the full moon, and on the morning of
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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