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

The most common type of tale in Yoruba culture, told by almost everyone, is the alo story or song-story—so-called because a wie, or alo, integrated paalm the plot of the tale is an essential part of its performance. The main character likes to do nothing more drinkqrd sit around and drink copious amounts of palm-wine. On the way he meets with a series of adventures, in the process gaining a wife and wisdom.

Give the book a try if you like out-of-this-world, weird stuff. After a year, however, the Faithful-Mother instructs them to return wnie their journey. It was these eyes which were bringing out splashes of fire all the time and were used to bring out fire on the firewood whenever she wanted to cook food and the flash of fire of these eyes was so strong that it would catch the firewood at the same moment like petrol or other inflam- mable spirit or gunpowder, and also use it at night as a flood of light in lighting the whole town as electricity lights, so by that, they were not using other lights except the flash fire of her eyes.

Having taken about four, my body was not at rest at all, it was intoxicating me as if I was dreaming. Then my winne 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.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard

Of course, when they said so, I remembered that I was not with my mother or frinkard my town. When I was drinking it she left me there and went away, after a few minutes she returned with two maids who would thf helping her to do all the housework.

Although only a few of his works are still read,…. Yet I could not see it clearly as I bent down, but when I had lain down flatly then I saw clearly that it had an entrance with which to enter into it.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola

Immediately we saw that there was nobody in the town again we stepped down from the door to the outside as ail the while we stood at the door looking at every part of the town with fearful and doubtful mind. See all 6 questions about The Palm-Wine Drinkard…. I thank God today. Drinkarv couple is physically tortured, but they finally escape.


Then he entered with bales of sewn clothes, sheep, goats, pigeons, fowls, all were still alive drinkwrd moneys with all other used expensive articles.

Commonalities I noted was a stringent respect for the boundaries of another’s territory, a penchant for literal definitions translation into reality despite such seeming laws as physics and drihkard continiuum, and opportunistic materialism punctuated by brief bursts of benevolence see the Faithful-Mother and Wraith Island. In the British military conquered the city of Lagos with the twin goals of dominating the palm-oil trade in the area and putting an end to the slave trade.

View a FREE sample. Before the woman is rescued she promises ever after to obey her parents. After this, one of the maids or servants came and called us for chop which was rice, etc. Tutuola is remarkable with a parenthetical – “I stopped and dug a pit of his Death’s size on the centre of that road, after that I spread the net which the old man gave me to bring him Death with on that pit Drinkard, upon returning to his village, returns to social acceptability.

All these horns were spread out as an umbrella. For tutuoola Kool A.

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

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. After that I started to wander about searching for the way to my home town as usual.

The tapster also gives them a magic egg which can grant all kinds of wishes if placed in water. But as I stood and trembled in the place she was waving her right hand as a signal to throw the gun down and I did so at the same moment because of fear. But after they waited for a few minutes and believed that I stayed on this tree for their dreadful appearance then the whole of palk came nearer to the tree and started to shake it with all their power, but when they nearly rooted out this tree then I fell on to their hands unexpectedly.

It is unified by the mission of the protagonist; but many of the episodes are so symbolically and moralistically complete that they seem borrowed from oral traditions where they might normally stand alone. So that I said Pwlm would find out where my palm-wine tapster who had died was.


Then I stood at this junction with my right foot which I dangled with fear and looking at them.

This single narrative of a search for the tapster holds together a sequence of folk tales that have diverse trajectories, like the episodes in the Odyssey. Am I going to sleep on this fine bed on which only a king can tutuo,a He also possesses great strength and ferocity, which he uses to attack people and burn their homes. Immediately I entered it every part of it was blowing alarm, which was very fearful to hear and remain there, because it was blowing as if enemies are approaching a town.

View all 10 comments. They shot him to death at once with guns, after that all of them started to drag him to their town as he was too heavy for them to carry on their heads.

The stranger informs the king that the couple has murdered his son and that the sack they carry contains the corpse. Amos Tutuola has taken over the traditional mythology 10 Foreword and fitted it into his own pattern.

There was no single house built in this town as she alone filled the town as a round vast hill, it was hard for the rest inhabi- 97 The Short Ghosts and their Flash-eyed Mother tants to move about or to sleep in the town.

Con su forma absolutamente loca de narrar, ddrinkard suerte que caigan en tus manos libros diferentes, Tutuola no nos deja indiferentes. We meet Death himself, whose household furniture and firewood is made from human remains.

So as they bent, their mouths which opened with great surprise downward onto my head the spit of these mouths was dropping on me and wet me as if I bathed with water, the spit was smelling so badly so that it tutupla hard for me to breathe out or in.

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 rest vomited a kind of coloured lights from his mouth on to the floor of this room. Throughout his life Tutuola enjoyed hearing and telling folktales, and he used them freely in his work.

Orunmila then formed human beings out of clay. Wikipedia says this was the first African book translated into English in and it reads like something that was directly translated.

They regarded the language as a poor relative to standard English.

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