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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Oct 24, Corinne E. And at the same moment that I used it, it changed me to a cow tutuolq horns on its head instead of a horse, but I forgot before I used it that I would not be able to change back to the earthly person again, because I did not know another juju which he was using before changing me back to an earthly person. You couldn’t be sure.

No other tapster is skilled enough to replace the dead one. As this inferior baby has invisible power or supernatural power, so all the money tjtuola on him and also the sacrifices would be his own and all would be stored into a secret place with the help of his invisible power.

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

In the presence of these guests, my boss was changing me to some kinds of creatures. At night they would put the whole of us in the yard and locked the door so that we might not escape. There is an element of drinkrd in some of the personal stories he has told us over the years but just that, an element. The divination system called Ifa allows communication through priests between the living and the ancestors, and also between the living and the orisa.

But when it was about three months that I left them or changed from a cow to a person, one night, as I was wandering about in the bush 1 saw a dead wood which was about six feet long and three feet in diameter and there was a large hole inside it which was not through to the second end, which means it has only one entrance. There is an over-riding theme: Drinkard uses his magic to locate and rescue the maos.

When these two selected ghosts refused to go unless the whole of them would go together, then he told them to go together, but the whole of them said again unless he would follow them as well before they would go. Considerable interest was aroused by this unusual book, and inquiries have been made about Tutuola and the background of his aamos. I wish I was competent enough to take in more from this work. She asked the short ghosts whether I am the son of the animal from whose pouch they took me out, all of them replied that they could not say definitely.

After a while all of them surrounded me closely, opened their mouths downward and looked at me with surprise. The Palm-Wine Drinkard, told in the first person, is about an unnamed man who is addicted to palm winewhich is made from the fermented sap of the palm tree and used in ceremonies all over West Africa.


After that four of them loosened me from the pillar and took me to their god which was outside the town. That same sort of holy madness – chilling and funny by turns – infuses every page of this story. When they are good, as in the story of the Skull disguised as the complete gentleman a skull drihkard body pa 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.

Both the myth and The Palm-Wine Drinkard reflect the high value th the Yoruba place on maintaining a harmonious relationship between the domains of Aiye earth and Orun heavenwith which the plot of The Palm-Wine Drinkard has much to do.

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

Although the tapster does not return with him, the drinkard does return with a beautiful wife and a magic egg. After the baptism, then the same Rev. After he changed me to a person then he went away to take the reins which he would put into my mouth when he changed me to a horse, but as soon as he went away I saw where he hid the juju which he was using to change me to any animal or creature that he likes, so I took it and put it into my pocket so that he might not change me to anything again.

As she added the dirt as her beauty, so she was The Short Ghosts and their Flash-eyed Mother not checking all the heads from passing urine, excreta and spitting on her body which would wet all over her body. He later tried his hand at farming, without success, then pursued the blacksmith trade. Perhaps Drinkard is without palm wine for the same reason that the land is without rain: This ugly ghostess did not allow me to look at her ugliness as she was running and laughing with all her power and full speed until I was seeing all these ghosts slightly and they were also seeing me slightly before I hid behind a tree, but at the same moment that I stood on a place it was so all these alarms stopped blowing, which means this bush wanted me to be in one place until these ghosts would come and kill me there.

Devil was going to baptize me with fire and hot water as they were baptizing for themselves there.

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Tuhuola at first presents an example of how not to live, then advises the people how to rectify their plight by acknowledging the superiority of heaven. This bag was so smelling and full of mosquitoes, small snakes with centipedes which did not let me rest for a moment.

Drawing on the West African Nigeria Yoruba oral folktale tradition, Tutuola described the odyssey of a devoted palm-wine drinker through a nightmare of fantastic adventure. But as it was warm slightly like a room I fell asleep in it within a minute. This silverish-light palm-dine as bright as snow so that it trans- parented every part of my body and it was this day I drinkqrd the number of the bones of my body.


When they are good, as in the story of the Skull disguised as the complete gentleman a skull borrows body parts from many others and becomes so attractive that the narrator cries in jealousyI read happily; other times, when the situation revolved around some sort of sizable monster and the outcome wasn’t in doubt, it was a bit of a drag.

The laborer is actually the head of all the bush creatures, and after a while he steals all the crops of the red-people. 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. The dead do not belong in the same domain as the living; their ways are different. Having reached his house and when his family saw me how I swelled up as a pregnant woman who would deliver either today or tomorrow they thought that it was true I was the dead body of their father, so they performed the ceremony which is to be performed for deads at once.

Indeed, this novel has provided many with their first glimpse into Yoruba folklore. The Palm-Wine Drinkard opens with the narrator, Drinkard, explaining his name: The Palm-Wine Drinkard draws heavily on traditional folktales, which has been another source of controversy, prompting some to claim that the work plagiarizes the intellectual property of the Yoruba people.

So there’s a scene where the evasive Death is being pursued, but he isn’t at home, he’s in the yam garden. There I remained till the morning without seeing a single creature. But when the palace could not contain all of them, then they rushed to their field which was about nine miles in diameter, then we landed on the centre of the field.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard | novel by Tutuola |

Just a note derived from my comment on “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. After that he put it on his head while I was inside the hole, then he carried this wood about together with me, and he had carried it very far away before I woke inside this 49 A Cola Saved Me th as ghosts were very smart to trek either short or long distances.

View all 7 comments. The couple moves on and settles for a while in a town where thd drinkard works as a judge. So they disallowed me to do as I planned until he reached a place where other kinds of ghosts were in con- ference, then he stopped and sat with them, but he sat on me as there was no more stool.

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