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The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Paperback – December 15, 1993
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When Amos Tutuola's first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, appeared in 1952, it was presented without introduction yet aroused exceptional worldwide interest.
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Don't read this book on drugs, if only to avoid the redundancy!
Most Western literature I read focuses on a cohesive narrative with a beginning, middle and end, a specific plot, and rich descriptions of characters, places, and emotions. That's not what happens here. Rather, the story unwinds in a very linear fashion, bit by bit, as the character passes through the ghost world he has stumbled into, seemingly at random. There is no surprise expressed by the protagonist when, for example, he meets a ghosts with televisions on her hands, or is transformed by a ghost into a monkey to go climb trees and pick nuts for the ghost to eat. These things are just stated as given, a part of the ongoing adventure. The passage of time is also a very fluid thing. A chapter, or several, can describe the events of a single hour and then a single sentence can describe the passing of a decade. It's a loose, free-flowing narrative built on the imagination of the author, and his ability to dream up ghosts wild, unexpected, and grotesque. It's an enjoyable ride but it takes some getting used to.
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Production of the book is of poor quality :(