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That same sort of holy madness – chilling and funny by turns – infuses every page of this story. They are creatures of Thee but different from men 5 they never grow old or die.

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

She could not live with any ghost or other kind of creature because of her ugly crinkard. Immediately my eyes opened there I saw about a thousand snakes which almost covered me, although they did not attempt to bite me at all.

The stranger informs the king that the couple has murdered his son and that the sack they carry contains the corpse. Critics began to value Tutuola’s literary style as a unique exploration of the possibilities of African folklore instead of the more typical realist imitation of European novels in African novels.

In addition, one of the main drivers of plot seemed to be infringement of one on the customes of another, as a great many of the adventures the narrator had would simply not have occurred had he or another person in the respective area’s past not offended through ignorance, willful or otherwise.

It was like this we were receiving it as when soldiers are receiving their rations before an officer and all the heads had their own cups as well, but all the times that their mother winw serving us all of them would be telling her seriously and repeatedly that she was serving us with much food. 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.

The Palm-wine Drinkard and His Dead Palm-wine Tapster in the Dead’s Town Summary & Study Guide

Much more than those of the Brothers Grimm or of Hans-Christian Anderson, these stories are harsh and blood-curdling, almost too painful to read. Finally I just got bored and didn’t finish. Please try again later. One must not be greedy, in the Yoruba lalm, and begrudge Orun its fair share. After that tutuila of them loosened me from the pillar and took me to their god which was outside the town.


After some minutes the web became half-dried and caught the fire which was slowly burning the web, then I found my way out by force from the web, of course, it burnt some parts of my body slightly. The son of a rich man, the narrator can afford his own tapster a man who taps the palm tree for pam and then prepares the wine.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola

Both her hands were used in stirring soup on the fire like spoons as she did not feel the pain of fire or heat, her finger nails were just like shovels and she had two very short feet under her body, she sat on them as a stool, these feet were as thick as a pillar.

These abnormal beings remind one of the creations of Bunyan and Dante. God is so good, he amox not remember to take the juju when he came out from the house, he thought that drinard had already put it inside the pocket of his leathern trousers which he tktuola always belting with a big boa constrictor, because he would not change me to a tutulla until he 40 My Life in the 7th Town of Ghosts climbed a mountain which was at a distance of about six miles from his town and his aim was that he would change me to a horse after he had climbed the mountain and ride me from there to the town in which he was invited to the conference.

Having left that they were cutting the flesh of my body with their sharp finger-nails which were long at about four inches, so I was crying bitterly for much pain.

How do you devote just three sentences out of pages to the time that you transformed yourself into a canoe in order for your wife to make lunch money by using you as a passenger vehicle? The rest is pure fabrication and although you know it is far fetched you remain engrossed because it is highly entertaining. As this food was prepared in the method which earthly people prepare their food, so I ate tye to my entire satisfaction, because it was that day I first ate the food which was prepared as good as this since I entered the Bush of Ghosts.

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After I ate it then I started to wander about in this bush both day and night until I reached a rising ground which was almost covered with thick bush and weeds which made the place very dark both day and night.


When I knew there was a man up there, beyond the infinite skies, that said son, I hold the universe together, in perfection, and if you only believe this, everything will unfold as it should. The most wonder- ful thing I noticed carefully in this smelling town was that all the babies born the same day were also smelling as a dead animal. But once I heard from him when dis- cussing within himself whether to eat me before an animal was passing I planned to stretch my hand out from the bag and hold the branch of a gravity tree, as he was sometimes creeping under the lower bush to a 31 The Smelling-Ghost distance of a mile or more 5 this plan means to escape from him.

This is exactly what Tutuola is about.

They shot him to death at once with guns, after that tne of them started to drag him to their town as he was too heavy for them to carry on their heads. There were over a thousand thick teeth in this mouth, each was about two feet long and brown in colour, both upper and lower lips were unable to cover the teeth.

In the drinkard’s hometown, everyone is starving from a terrible famine. The homeless- ghost who was carrying the wood away thought pslm it was this wood which he was carrying away that was playing the lofty music.

The baby dominates the couple, eats all their food, and refuses to let them rest or sleep. Dinkard under the River heavenly God most and love earthly gods most, anything they wanted to do the chief ancestor would ask me first and if I made a sign with my head which would show him that the request should be done then he would tell the rest that I favoured them to do the requests, but if the sign showed that their requests should not be done then he would tell the rest that the requests are not granted by me, so therefore drinkarx requests would be can- celled at the drinkafd time.

As I was so highly recognized by these river ghosts or sceptical ghosts so they built a one-roomed house and put me inside it and all of them were coming there to worship and sacrifice to me there as well.