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

By Amos Tutuola

When Amos Tutuola's first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, seemed in 1952, it aroused remarkable world wide curiosity. Drawing at the West African Yoruba oral folktale culture, Tutuola defined the odyssey of a faithful palm-wine drinker via a nightmare of wonderful experience. on the grounds that then, The Palm-Wine Drinkard has been translated into greater than 15 languages and has grow to be considered as a masterwork of 1 of Africa's so much influential writers. Tutuola's moment novel, My lifestyles within the Bush of Ghosts, recounts the destiny of mortals who stray into the realm of ghosts, the center of the tropical woodland. the following, as each hunter and traveller understands, mortals enterprise at nice peril, and it really is right here small boy is left alone.

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