The Village in the Jungle

The Village in the Jungle

Leonard Woolf


This novel set in Ceylon follows the lives of a handful of villagers hacking out a delicate life in a jungle the place indiscriminate progress, detached destiny and malevolent neighbours always threaten to crush them. it's as though Thomas Hardy have been immersed within the warmth, odor, sensuality and smelly secret of the tropics. Seven years as a colonial administrator gave Woolf first-hand wisdom of the injustice of colonial rule, and an acute mental sympathy with the villagers. He skilfully comprises neighborhood story-telling traditions and ideology into his chilling narrative, to create a booklet which continues to be one of many best-loved in Sri Lanka to today.

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