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The Palm-Wine Drinkard has ratings and reviews. Antonomasia said: The tallest tall tale ever of what one champion boozer did to get a decent dr. Complete summary of Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Palm-Wine Drinkard. [Palm-wine drinkard] The palm-wine drinkard; and, My life in the bush of ghosts / Amos Tutuola. ISBN- ISBN 1.

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So I entered the hole through this entrance, then I slept there as I did not sleep since I was among the cows before they sold me and again it was in the rainy season which was beating me about both day and night.

The Yoruba universe is divided into two major realms: The portico was also made of golden plate. Without the work of Amos Tutuola, it might not have been possible.

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The ending of The Palm-Wine Drinkard is, however, happy. But when all these ghosts were hearing the song, they were dancing from me to a distance of about five thousand feet and then dancing back to me again as they were much 74 River-Ghosts. Fear is present throughout. But as he sat on me it was hard for me to breathe in or out and if it was not for the boa constrictor with which he 32 The Smelling-Ghost belted his trousers which was made with the skin of an animal, I would die for his weight as I could not raise him up or lift him up at all.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard

After I moved to the centre of these roads by an invisible mover then I stopped. As this fight was so serious nobody could eat, sleep plam-wine rest for three days and nights.

The narrative then tells the tale of the tragic demise of the palm wine tapster of the hero, and the search to find him, which acquires the atmosphere of a Yoruban Odyssey. These stories are harsh, blood-thirsty, remorseless, and unforgiving, and they are almost, almost too gruesome and terrible to read.

Whenever one or more of the short ghosts who were serving her as their mother offend- ed her, both eyes would be flashing out fire on to the body who offends her, and the fire would be burning the body at the same moment as fluffy things or rags. So one morning, I told the father of my wife that I want to leave his town for another one, but I did not tell him frankly that I want to continue to find the way to my home town which I 63 My First Wedding Day in the Bush of Ghosts left since I was seven years old.

After reading it, I can’t for the life of me figure out why. Immediately I entered this town I went round it and saw a ghost who only resembled earthly people among all ghosts who were living there. But before his partners could reach there I jumped down from the hole to the outside, and without any ado I started to run away that night for my life.


As they were too terrible for me to look at or to stand with, then I was running away for the second time, perhaps I would be safe from them. The responsibility for maintaining balance and harmony between heaven and earth belongs to living Yoruba who, through sacrifice, both appease the inhabitants of Orun and replenish their power. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.

The air of their noses and mouths was hot as steam, none of them talked inside the bag.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard and His Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Deads’ Town

In another manuscript Tutuola says that, in addition to the Reserved and Unreserved Bush specified by the government, there is Native Re- served Bush. But as I was hearing him when he was discussing either to eat me, luckily an animal was passing at that time, then he started to chase it until he saw a half-dead animal which was totally helpless, so he stopped there and began to eat it voraciously and to my surprise he was also cutting some of the animal into pieces and giving them to all the snakes etc.

Want to Read saving…. While there, they meet the Red-Lady, daughter of the king and also the person who had been called Dance in an earlier adventure. Of course as he told drinmard like that I did not believe him at all and I did not know what he was going to do in that earthly town and also I did not know the name of the right earthly town he was going to.

When it was dawn I stopped and rested for some hours. She had a kind of a terrible alarm which was in a hidden part of her body, but it was not visible to us, except those heads and herself. Jun 11, else fine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then he came back to his people.

Of the time I got scared when the lamp was taken away, and my fear disappeared when the light was restored. The Yoruba numbered more than 20 million at the turn of the 21st century. I already look forward to many re-readings. That was how we were saved from the huge creature who caught us in his bag. The hair on her head was just as bush, all could weigh more than a ton if cut and put on a scale, each was thicker than a quarter of an inch and almost covered her head, except the face. In the fourteenth century c.

Yet I could not see it clearly as I bent down, but when I had lain down flatly then I saw clearly that it had an entrance with which te enter into it. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Aug 07, Adam rated it it was ok Shelves: A landmark work, it was the first novel to be published pwlm-wine a Nigerian author, and also the first novel by a black African to be written in English.

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This might be the freshest thing I’ve read in years. But as every one drinksrd these three old ghosts palm-winr me to be his servant, so that the other two ghosts who were the golden-ghost palm-winr the silverish-ghost did not like me to be servant for the copperish-ghost who gave me the food that I preferred most, and both entered into the room of the copperish-ghost, all of them started palm-win argue.

Elsewhere we find witches meeting to devour a victim provided from the family of one of their company. The most common type of tale in Yoruba culture, told by almost everyone, is the alo story or song-story—so-called because a song, or alo, integrated into the plot of the tale is an essential part of its performance.

But I do want to address the egotistical numpties who say stupid things such as “people who like this book are only working out their colonialist guilt. Immediately I jumped down and ran away I met over one thousand ghosts who were rushing to his hole to help him, but at the same time that they met me all of them did not go to him direct to hear what he called for, instead of that all were chasing me as I was running away as fast as I could.

So all of them had gathered in this town 13th town before the day came. The stranger informs the king that the couple has murdered his son and that the sack they carry contains the corpse.

But the worst part of it was the bells which they were beating with big rods whenever they came, and when sounding it would cause a head-ache, and again the blood of all the animals pouring on to my head was also smelling very bad when rotten.

Today, I picked the book off my shelves and re-read the first lines. The real killer is confused when he sees the king treat the couple so well and, out of desire to enjoy such luxuries himself, confesses to the murder.

Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. Before entering they deposit a couple of potential handicaps:. Within a few minutes when I noticed that she was not a harmful ghostess, then I thought within myself to follow her to her town, perhaps if I begged her to show me the way to my town she would agree. There is an element of truth in some of the personal stories he has told us over the years but just that, an element.