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'Arachchi, I have come to you about this chena. I cannot live without chena. You
must give it back to me.' 'You heard in the court that the chena cannot be given to
you. It has been given to Appu. Let us have an end of all this trouble.' 'Yes ...
But I am a quiet man; I have given no trouble in the village. You know that well,
Arachchi, don't you? I cannot speak well—like you, Arachchi—in the court. But
this is what I want to say. I do not like this Babun; all the trouble has come from
There is no one here to trouble you now. There will be quiet for you again—and
for me, perhaps, why not 2 The killing was for that. Surely, surely, it must be, child.
And Babun ? Why, in a little while Babun will come back—in a month or two ...
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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