James Michener Accuses Us Singhalse Of Being Renowned International Thieves As Way Back As 1820!
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Yes, I am wading through the 1,000+ page ‘The Covenant‘ by James Michener with my usual enthusiasm for Michener’s writing. I learn so much from Michener that I have no choice but to forgive him his occasional fobile. Indubitably, I think the world of him. How I wish I could be 1/1,000,000,000,000,000,000 of the writer he was.
But, James confounds me every once in awhile and he takes my breath away.
This statement, that us, the Singhalese (and I spell it without the ‘g’) are well known thieves caught me by surprise. And way back in the 1820s.
We have many shortcomings but thieving isn’t high among them — I think.
Of course, we have thievery BUT I had never thought it was anywhere beyond average.
James has a thing about Ceylon.
He, extensively travelled, must have visited Ceylon at some stage. He mentions Ceylon often,
But, I am not sure about this reference.
Not a big deal. Just amusing. He might even be WRONG!