Complete summary of Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Palm-Wine Drinkard. When Amos Tutuola’s first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, appeared in , it aroused exceptional worldwide interest. Drawing on the West African Yoruba. The Palm-Wine Drinkard, in full The Palm-Wine Drinkard and His Dead Palm- Wine Tapster in the Dead’s Town, novel by Amos Tutuola, published in and .

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Although only a few of his works are still read,…. In those palm-wone of unknown year, because I was too young to keep the number of the year in rutuola mind till this time, so there were many kinds of African wars and some of them are as follows: It was in this doorless room which is in under- ground I first saw in my life that the biggest and longest among these snakes which was acting as a director for the tutuolq vomited a kind of coloured lights from his mouth on to the floor of this room.

The drinkard uses his tricks to save the girl and marries her. I enjoyed them w Dear Mr. The tapster gives Drinkard a magic egg as a present but will not return to the land of the living.

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

Sometimes these young or children ghosts would be touching my eyes with their fingers or sticks, so that tutiola I would feel it or cry and they would hear how my voice would be. At last he used the one which still remained with him, it changed that day to the night at the same time, so he had more power, then he started to fight drinakrd gate-keeper who had been already powerless.

After this, one of the maids or servants came and called us for chop which was erinkard, etc. After I explained as above, then the questioner stood up again and asked me whether I could show them my friend whom I followed to that town. But as I was telling him these sorrowful words both his eyes were shedding tears repeatedly, of course I did not shed tears at all on my eyes as I put hope that no doubt I would be easily captured or killed.

The first thing I did immediately I got out was to run away to save my life, but I was not tge. After that I started to wander about searching for the way to my home town as usual. His style is one of a kind, his book reads like the narrator is sitting under a tree retelling a story that happened.


But whenever the smoke of the pipe was rushing out from my mouth as if smoke is rushing from a big boiler, then all of them would laugh at me so that a person two miles away would hear them clearly, and whenever the tobacco inside the pipe is near to finish then the ghost who was chosen to be loading it would load it again with fresh tobacco as it was about three feet deep and four feet diameter. Of the time I got scared when the lamp was taken away, and my fear disappeared when the light was restored.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola

So when this old woman heard this from the fortune-teller then she came to the market and bought me very dginkard as I was very lean, then she took me to her town where she would kill me for the god of her town as told. Were they simply insane, or touched by the hand of God? Like the gods of Greece and Rome, the orisa are flawed and sometimes fail, the way the drunken crafter of some of the Yoruba people did, to perform their duty.

There was no single house built in this town as she alone filled the town as a round vast hill, it was palm-wkne for the rest inhabi- 97 The Short Ghosts and their Flash-eyed Mother tants to move about or to sleep in the town. It was only later that the novel began to rise in the general estimation. But as they forced me to choose the silverish- 27 In the Bush of Ghosts ghost as he was the ghost that my heart throbbed out to their hearing to choose, when I chose him, he was exceedingly glad and ran to me, then he took me on his aamos and then to his room.

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

Fear is present teh. Their aim was that if they flog me I would eat the grasses and do as other cows, but after they had tried all their efforts and failed then they thought that I was sick. We meet Death himself, whose household furniture and firewood is made from human remains. A series of wars fought between the various Yoruba city-states followed hard upon the dissolution of centralized power at Oyo.

Dec 08, Cody rated it it was amazing. Obatala scattered grains of sand on the water that formed solid earth, and he named this first ttuola Ife, which became the original Yoruba city.


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

Then I stood at this junction with my right foot which I dangled with fear and looking at them. It is in no sense a sequel, but a completely new story. Having tied me to this pillar she entered 45 My Life with Cows into the house and after half an hour she brought plenty of cooked yams back to me and I ate to my satisfaction as it was cooked.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Then I entered his house, I saluted him with respect and he answered me exactly as an earthly person.

Today, I picked the book off my shelves and re-read the first lines. Told in the vernacular this story draws you in from the very first page and won’t let you put it down. Soooo, initially, I hated this book hahaa.

Od per month, so we did not care about death and we did not fear again. This rain beat me so that the web which wrapped me tightly soaked my body as if I was bathed with water.

But we Where Woman Marries Woman travelled for a week before we saw the town of her father at a distance of five miles, then she told me to stop, so both of us stopped near a tree whose leaves were shaking with powerful speed. But she did not ask whether I escaped from some- where or offended somebody before I reached there. When Drinkard is cut off from palm wine, from the life-force, he must reestablish a connection with the world of the dead that he has neglected, which he does by going in quest of his dead tapster.

As I stood before her on this critical day and when I saw her clearly, I closed my eyes tightly at the same moment, I could not open it till I was forced to open it by these short ghosts who escorted me before her and still I was unable to open it in full, because of her fearful, dreadful, terrible, curious, wonderful and dirty appearance.