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Born in in western Nigeria, Amos Tutuola achieved only a sixth-grade . When Amos Tutuola wrote The Palm-Wine Drinkard, he worked from a firm. Complete summary of Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Palm-Wine Drinkard. The Palm-Wine Drinkard. ISBN Author: Amos Tutuola. Publisher: Faber. Guideline Price: £ Every now and again.

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Subject kingdoms revolted against Oyo domination, and in the city of Oyo fell to Fulani invaders from the north. William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered….

This young ghostess was so ugly that if she hid under a bush and if she looked at her ugly body she would burst suddenly into a great laugh which would last more than one hour and this was detecting her out of the hidden place she might hide 86 In the 20th Town of Ghosts herself. Not what I have done to art. Of course, there were some changes in the selection of these obas to insure the presence of ones friendly to the colonial authorities.

Tutuola drlnkard to write in English, rather than Yoruba; it is perhaps fortunate that his schooling ended too early to force his story-telling into wins foreign style. So this made them frightened as there were horns on my head, and before they could start to chase me I ran into a thick bush which was about a mile from them or that god.

All were looking at him with much surprise as this kind of animal was so scarce to get or see frequently in their bush. The son of a rich man, the narrator can afford his own tapster a man who taps the palm tree for sap and then prepares the wine. If all the heads and herself were eating at the same time their mouths would be making noises as if one hundred winches are working together. The Yoruba who dwell on Aiye consult as well as make sacrifices to the ancestors in Orun and to the orisa who dwell there lalm exert control over life on earth.

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 tutuolla not offended through ignorance, willful or otherwise.

First of all they opened the room in which they put me, after that the chief ancestor who only is permitted to approach me or to talk to me washed my head with my long stiff neck as only both appeared out from the pitcher, after this, 73 River-Ghosts.

The drinkard goes off on a quest to find the tapster, journeying through a dangerous jungle and fighting many scary monsters on his way to Deads’ Town.


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

See all 6 questions about The Palm-Wine Drinkard…. In so doing he followed the tradition of the storyteller who recycles, revises, and renews traditional stories to adapt them to the present. A series of wars fought between the various Yoruba city-states followed hard upon the dissolution of centralized power at Oyo. Soon the festivities end, and the killer is executed. It has a nightmarish quality of its own, and one feels the bewilderment and fear, repugnance and despair, and also intoxication and exaltation, which one would expect to experience in the company of ghosts.

However, the same qualities that were praised by English and American reviewers drew disapproval and even disgust from Nigerian critics.

As they were discussing some important matters for some hours, he got up on me and took out the rest meat from the bag, he put it before the ghosts that he met there and the whole of them started to eat it together.

Nov 04, Monika Singh yutuola it liked it. Maybe a queer uncle or family friend.

I laid down on its branch which had plenty of leaves that covered me as a cloth from the cold of that night and also from the wind which was blowing the tree to and fro, with dew which was dropping as light rain on everything on the ground. He said, ” The reader should be carried forward, aoms merely or chiefly by the mechanical impulse of curiosity, or by a restless desire to arrive at the final solution; but by the pleasurable activity of mind tuguola by the attractions of the journey itself.

Immediately he pushed me palj to them and closed the door I was covered by these pest creatures and it was hard for me to move about in this room.

Then all of us went to the bush at the same time. After that they put me among their cows which were eating grass at that time. Some background research broadened my thoughts. The couple lives there for a year while Drinkard farms with the magic seeds from Wraith Island and becomes quite wealthy. Tutuola does not polish his language but writes in a style that tuuola exceptionally unique and individual. After that four of them loosened me from the pillar and took me to their god which was outside the town.


But if my head helps me and I catch him now I will change him from today to a permanent horse for ever. In the bush the pair encounter a talking tree with hands that beckon them to come inside. Before the woman is rescued she promises ever after to obey her parents. So my father gave me a palm-tr I read this book many years ago.

Having qualified as a hunter, then I followed them to the bush. But pa,m both of them were still fighting fiercely dtinkard did not know that the pitcher had been broken and I have come out of it, so without hesitation I took to my heels and left them there.


If any one of these smelling-ghosts touched anything it would become a bad smell at the same moment and it is bad luck for any ghost who is not a native of smelling-ghosts to meet a smelling-ghost on the way when going some- where.

I want to go back to one of those days, when laughter was laughter and not the superfluous hiding of what lies beneath. But immediately this dreadful ghost came inside this house from heaven-knows-where his smell and also the smell of his body first drove us to a long distance before we came back after a few minutes, but still the smell did not let every one of the settlers stand still as all his body was full of excreta, urine, and also wet with the rotten blood of all the animals that he was killing for his food.

I realized I was reading someone’s dreams. Having given them work to do, then she came to me in the parlour and sat down on the chair which was touch- ing my own which was an easy-chair with cushions.

Having cooked it she served all the heads to their entire satisfaction, after that she served herself to her satisfaction and then served us last according to the rule and regulation given to her by the heads. After the war was over all the short ghosts and I con- tinued our usual work as hunters. At that time I was praying not to remember to present me to these ghosts as that meat, until a lower rank ghost brought a very big animal and gave them as a present. It is up to the Yoruba, therefore, to persuade the orisa through sacrifice to do what is best for human beings.

His style is one of a kind, his book reads like the narrator is sitting under a tree retelling a story that happened. The aim of these cows was to kick or scratch me with their horns until I would stand up and be doing as they themselves were doing.

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

I had no other work more than to drink palm-wine in my life. If he was at a distance of four miles from a creature it would suspect him through his powerful smell. In the beginning, one has the sense of having entered a kindly fairytale world, filled with the kind of folklore one might tbe out loud to children, but this impression proves deceptive.

After reading it, I can’t for tutuolz life of me figure out why. The ancient beliefs still prevail in this mythology, but they are impregnated by modern touches.