The Palm-wine Drinkard ; And, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

The Palm-wine Drinkard ; And, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Book - 1994
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When Amos Tutuola's first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, appeared in 1952, it aroused exceptional worldwide interest. Drawing on the West African Yoruba oral folktale tradition, Tutuola described the odyssey of a devoted palm-wine drinker through a nightmare of fantastic adventure. Since then, The Palm-Wine Drinkard has been translated into more than 15 languages and has come to be regarded as a masterwork of one of Africa's most influential writers. Tutuola's second novel, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, recounts the fate of mortals who stray into the world of ghosts, the heart of the tropical forest. Here, as every hunter and traveler knows, mortals venture at great peril, and it is here that a small boy is left alone.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1994
Edition: 1st Grove Press ed
ISBN: 9780802133632
Call Number: F TUTUOLA
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 14, 2017

There is really no way to describe these novels based on Yoruba folktales. Funny, frightening, imaginative and bewitching.

Dec 11, 2015

Two of the seminal novels of 20th century African lit in one volume. Nigerian author Tutuola's best known novels are lyrical and surreal, blending a folk tale feel with an avant-garde disregard for logic and conventional plotting. Brian Eno & David Byrne famously lifted the title (My Life in the Bush) for their celebrated collaboration. Makes a fine companion piece to Achebe's "Things Fall Apart."


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