The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (Paperback)

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Life is an endless string of terrifying pitfalls!

— Daniel

A monied young man, well-versed in the art of palm-wine imbibing, sets out to find the spirit of his dearly departed palm-wine tapster—as no one else can tap palms at the breakneck pace he drinks that sweet nectar. A fantasy-adventure delivered as Nigerian folk-tale. An experience more akin to listening to a great yarn than reading a novel.

— Tilghman


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802133632
ISBN-10: 0802133630
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 1993
Pages: 256
Language: English