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The Palm-Wine Drinkard and his Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Deads' Town (1952)

de Amos Tutuola

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A stunning new cover edition of Amos Tutuola's debut novel, first published by Faber in 1952.
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In a recent NY Times Book Review article, Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma told a story about how when he was frequently ill as a child, his father would tell him wild stories. Puzzled as to why this stopped, he asked his father for an explanation, who explained that Chigozie was now old enough to read on his own, handing him The Palm-Wine Drinkard. It turns out his father had no imagination whatsoever and the stories were all from this book by Amos Tutuola.

The protagonist is a drunk, having started early at age 10. His father hires a tapster, who falls out of a tree and dies, at which point, the drunk decides to find him no matter what. The reader is then carried into the African bush on a psychedelic, magical mystery tour of numerous West African folk tales. Weird, compelling, gruesome, fantastic, alternating dark and light, magical realism. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
The Palm-Wine Drinkard is a weird little story set in Nigeria. I'm not sure what genre it would be, but I'm guessing a folktale, with maybe some fantasy elements (?) The never named narrator tells this story first person as the son of a rich man who loses his tapster and hence his friends. He goes in search of the tapster in various parts of the bush that is inhabited by all sorts of inhuman creatures. Not my cup of tea! 125 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jun 2, 2021 |
This is a story about an alcoholic. His palm-wine tapster dies and he (the palm-wine drinkard) goes on a quest through the land of the dead to bring him (the palm-wine tapster) back because he (the palm-wine drinkard) really needs a drink.

The novel is a series of episodes drawn from Yoruba folk tales that are sometimes amazing, sometimes funny and sometimes horrific. There’s an internal logic to the book, but it’s the logic of fairy tales, children and nightmares. Tutuola never lets this logic slip and it forces your mind to imagine the most impossible things.

“...I myself had changed into a flat pebble and was throwing myself along the way...”

The first thing you’ll notice about the book is that it’s written very strangely. At first I took it that the narrator was drunk or really needed a drink, but there’s more going on than that. There’s something about the way he describes actions that’s a bit wonky. It’s as if the way the characters interact with their environment is different in this world than it is in ours. Very atmospheric.

And he will repeat the subject of a sentence by noun rather than switching to “it” etc. It’s just like children do when they tell you a story, repeating clauses because they’re too young to understand that what’s hard for them isn’t hard for you. Many things happen to the narrator, many of them extremely unpleasant, and he is often far from in control, but you realise early on that the narrator may be far more that he initially seems to be, and that he is far more comfortable and powerful in the land of the dead than you the reader are. I got the sense that the narrator speaks like that because in this scenario I am the child. Rather disconcerting.

An intense, unique and sometimes uncomfortable read that my eyes were constantly drawn back to. ( )
  Lukerik | Jan 15, 2020 |
The first third was the most metal thing I've ever read. The rest was okay but not as good as all the skulls and death. ( )
  xicohtli | Jul 20, 2016 |
Onirico, immaginifico, psichedelicho, in definitiva fantastico ( )
  Edoxide | Apr 6, 2016 |
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I was a palm-wine drinkard since I was a boy of ten years of age. I had no other work more than to drink palm-wine in my life. In those days we did not know other money, except COWRIES, so that everything was very cheap, and my father was the richest man in our town.
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