Palm-Wine Drinkard

This classic novel tells the phantasmagorical story of an alcoholic man and his search for his dead palm wine tapster As he travels through the land of the dead, he encounters a host of supernatural and often terrifying beings among them the complete gentleman who returns his body parts to their owners and the insatiable hungry creature Mixing Yoruba folktales with whaThis classic novel tells the phantasmagorical story of an alcoholic man and his search for his dead palm wine tapster As he travels through the land of the dead, he encounters a host of supernatural and often terrifying beings among them the complete gentleman who returns his body parts to their owners and the insatiable hungry creature Mixing Yoruba folktales with what T S Eliot described as a creepy crawly imagination , The Palm Wine Drinkard is regarded as the seminal work of African literature Brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching Dylan Thomas, Observer Tutuola s art conceals or rather clothes his purpose, as all good art must do Chinua Achebe
Palm Wine Drinkard This classic novel tells the phantasmagorical story of an alcoholic man and his search for his dead palm wine tapster As he travels through the land of the dead he encounters a host of supernatural a

  • Title: Palm-Wine Drinkard
  • Author: Amos Tutuola
  • ISBN: 9780802150486
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Palm-Wine Drinkard”

    1. The tallest tall tale ever of what one champion boozer did to get a decent drink.A psychedelic quest as mindbending as Yellow Submarine the film, but written fifteen years earlier and thousands of miles away.A myth told (unusually) in the first-person by a trickster-god-slash-Herculean-hero, with a Taoist-fresh voice like a tarot Fool.Whilst, thanks to one or two other people on , I'd already figured that The Palm Wine Drinkard was a book to read because it's fun and interesting and strange - an [...]

    2. Dear Mr. Amos Tutuola,When I was a small boy I was told the story of a perfect gentleman who went to a market and returned from it with a girl that followed him. As he went back home, he kept giving back the pieces of him that were borrowed, so that by the time he got to his home, he was only a skull. And the girl deceived by his beauty now only a slave.Well, Mr. Tatuola, thank you very much for taking me through many indescribable adventures and many incomprehensible mysteries. I enjoyed them w [...]

    3. Read this book on the basis that it is impossible to resist chapter titles such as ‘AN EGG FED THE WHOLE WORLD’ and ‘PAY WHAT YOU OWE ME AND VOMIT WHAT YOU ATE’, and for passages of tortured syntax such as: Then my wife asked him how could a man buy a pig in a bag? But the man replied that there was no need of testing the load, he said that once we put it on our head either it was heavier than what we could carry or not, anyhow we should carry it to the town. So we stood before that man [...]

    4. A Nigerian folktale of Tutuola’s own invention, written in Pidgin English. Like any good folktale, it has the sense that anything can happen; but it improves on the usual model with its particularly easy air of being completely out of control. It’s been criticized for showing Nigerians as amoral drunkards and witlessly superstitious. But never mind that, because it’s awesome craziness. For example:We could not travel on the Deads’ road because of fearful dead babies, etc.We had sold our [...]

    5. I read this book many years ago. Today, I picked the book off my shelves and re-read the first lines. It still makes the hair rise on the back of my neck. 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. - - - But when my father noticed that I could not do any work more than to drink, he engaged an expert palm-wine-tapster for me; he had no other work more than to tap palm-wine every day. So my father gave me a palm-tr [...]

    6. I don't know of another writer like Tutuola. The creatures jump out of the woodwork like the good boogers they are: you know they took time to develop, but you weren't conscious of that and now it's as if grandma just fell in your lap, chewing on kibbles 'n' bits between watermelon seeds and strumming a cold pumpkin like a guitar----impressive. There is a logic if you care to think about it, but it's one from eons past. And the great thing is that the guy has nothing to prove, nothing to contriv [...]

    7. In some times and places, madmen were viewed with a sort of wary deference. Were they simply insane, or touched by the hand of God? You couldn't be sure. That same sort of holy madness - chilling and funny by turns - infuses every page of this story. What part is myth and what part is novel? You can't really tell where one ends and the other begins. To pick up this book is to find yourself unexpectedly wrenched from the world and deposited into a dangerous wonderland that almost, but not quite, [...]

    8. A wonderful romp through incredible flights of imagination. Nothing is impossible; everything can happen. Told in the vernacular this story draws you in from the very first page and won't let you put it down. I read it in one sitting. Highly recommended; especially for lovers of traditional stories, fairy tales or just general craziness.

    9. Voy a confesar que nunca había oído hablar del vino de palma hasta que leí el título del nuevo Ineludible de Navona Editorial: El bebedor de vino de palma de Amos Tutuola. ¿Quién no corre a la librería a comprar un libro de color verde pistacho que se titula así? ¿Quién?Pues eso hice, queridos míos, correr a la librería y abrir el libro en el primer semáforo (aclaro que en mi pueblo hay tan pocos semáforos que podía haber evitado ese trayecto, pero eso significaba tener que espera [...]

    10. a fantastic dream full of seen and unseen.i'm sure i miss 90% of the Yoruba symbolism in the journey, but it felt delicious anywaycommended for anyone who knows that magic is real.

    11. The Palm Wine Drinkard is a brilliant, absurd piece of literature. I adored it. I had never heard of Amos Tutuola (to my friend’s surprise) and had no real expectations and was subsequently terribly delighted!All the Nigerian authors I have read thus far, Achebe, Adichie, Abani and Soyinka have all been wonderful. I have a great affinity for African literature and the Nigerians like their film making have found a unique way to capture their storytelling.This is exactly what Tutuola is about. H [...]

    12. I'm puzzled by the popularity of this novel. I own a small new and used book store and I cannot keep this book stocked. It simply won't linger on the shelf. I have people asking for it all the time. After reading it, I can't for the life of me figure out why.For the first fifteen pages, I was agog at the odd use of language. I thought I had found an early predecessor to Gordon Lish and Gary Lutz. Not a father or grandfather. Maybe a queer uncle or family friend. But soon, I found myself frowning [...]

    13. Marvelous story of unconventional, non-linear, Nigerian cosmological structure. Quite an adventure in language and atmosphere, and almost certainly unlike anything else you'll have read.Just a note derived from my comment on "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts." If you want to start with Tutuola, start with "The Palm-Wine Drinkard." You can go on to MLitBoG (4/5 stars from me) if you dig it and want more. Both are darkly imaginative and funny sagas set in the West African idea of a chthonic "bush' wh [...]


    15. REVIEW on the blog: africanbookaddict.wordpress.cSoooo, initially, I hated this book hahaa. The gory descriptions had me cringing and I found some stuff quite demonic (I couldn't read it at night before bed because I was afraid I'd dream of some of the weird ass creatures from the book). This book is just an extreme version of the Ananse The Spider stories lol. It got better after I gave this book a second try. Amos Tutuola is a great, great writer with a freaky imagination. I loved the writing [...]

    16. tale ขนาดยาวของคนเขียนชาวไนจีเรีย โดย base จาก folk tale ของชาว Yoruba หลายๆเรื่อง เนื้อเรื่องเล่มนี้เกี่ยวกับคนที่วันๆดื่มแต่ Palm Wine วันหนึ่ง tapster ที่ทำหน้าที่เสริฟไวน์ให้เขาตกต้นไม้ตาย เขาเลยออก [...]

    17. "I cut a tree and carved it into a paddle, then I gave it to my wife and I told her to enter the river with me; when we entered the river, I commanded one juju which was given me by a kind spirit who was a friend of mine and at once the juju changed me to a big canoe. Then my wife went inside the canoe with the paddle and paddling it, she used the canoe as 'ferry' to carry passengers across the river, the fare for adults was 3d (three pence) and half fare for children.""When we traveled for two [...]

    18. Interesting book with a fabulous, unique style that melds Yoruban folktales with contemporary life in a classic "there and back again plot structure" that revolves around drinking wine. The short tales themselves are hit-or-miss; Tutuola's protagonist suffers, as does Superman and the RAMAYANA's Rama, from a sort of plot immortality that means we read almost exclusively for descriptions. When they are good, as in the story of the Skull disguised as the complete gentleman (a skull borrows body pa [...]

    19. This is sort of like what the Odyssey might have been like had Homer been going through delerium tremens. The main character likes to do nothing more than sit around and drink copious amounts of palm-wine. When his palm-tapper dies, he goes on an epic quest to retrieve him from the land of the deads. I don't know which parts of the story are Tutuola's and which are standard folk tales, but in any case what follows is a strange and twisting story following the hero through a series of encounters [...]

    20. I probably should have taken into account my reaction to Laye's The Radiance of the King before reading this, but that's the power of a ' reputation for you. It's the reason why I snapped this up along with "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" after stumbling upon them both in an obscenely cheap form, as why I read this sooner rather than later. The problem with my reading is that, while I can do sensational monstrosities (if unrooted in bigotry), such material goes better in a visual form, especiall [...]

    21. A novel of breathtaking originality and scope that, despite the fact that it is only 120 pages (and therefore is really a novella) can be usefully compared to the tone, atmosphere, and thematics of Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel. The language, a kind of Nigerian-Yoruban-English patois, is amazingly inventive and delicious, and it is unfortunate that Tutuolo's brilliance landed him in trouble for his presumed "primitiveness," although what seems really at stake is his unsparing exposure of Yo [...]

    22. thank you for shipping my personal lungs to me i love them so much they are so shiny and i'm going to hang up just over the heartland and there will be one million mountain creatures inside them and for once i'm so glad there are titles to these sections. i wish my body parts had titles like that. there a man in here who hires other people's body parts to be his for a while. there are a million skulls that run after a woman and it sounds like petrol drums crushing. this is not about magic this i [...]

    23. Starts out amazing, like a West African Brautigan. But somewhere around page 40 the abstract and haphazard storytelling, the pointlessness, the fact that you can skip 5 or 10 pages and, really, not miss anything vital well, it all began to wear plenty thin. Finally I just got bored and didn't finish.

    24. 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.

    25. Un ejemplo magnífico de una novela que roza la fábula para dejar sus enseñanzasentremontonesdelibros

    26. On the book jacket it says something like "Tutuola writes as if his tale had never been told before," and whatever that reviewer meant exactly, the comment sums up perfectly the unrestrained imaginative quality this book has. How self-conscious most other writing seems by comparison. The author is Nigerian, so the English isn't perfect, but that detail is insignificant to the story's dreamlike flow. I hear much of it comes from Yoruban folklore that's possibly ancient, but halfway through, I was [...]

    27. With "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts", Tutuola's best novels. Folksy surreal weirdness meets struggling ESL learner. The palm-wine drinkard, self-styled "father of the gods", indestructible, with a fount of juju, loses his palm-wine tapster to death. Luckily, the drinkard knows how to find the town of the Deads where the tapster is hiding out, walking backwards and acting inappropriately. Unluckily, the drinkard has to traverse the shifting nightmare bushes of an Africa that falls somewhere betwe [...]

    28. A lot has been said about Tutuola's grammar. But as Yoruba person myself, his grammar is all too familiar. This is exactly how a Yoruba person with limited (western) education would communicate in English. So I'd call his grammar Yoruba-English. Tutuola just kind of showed me that grammar is not all that. Imagination is perhaps more important for writers.That aside, I found myself laughing out loud in public. Tutuola's imagination is just crazy!One of my favourite parts of the book: the encounte [...]

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