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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571316913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571316915
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is a stunning reissue of Amos Tutuola's debut novel, first published by Faber in 1952, along with the release of Tutuola's complete works into ebook for the first time.

About the Author

Amos Tutuola was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in 1920. His first novel, The Palm Wine Drinkard, was published in 1952 and brought him international recognition. From 1956 until retirement, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Company while continuing to write. His last book,The Village Witch Doctor and Other Stories, was published in 1990. He died in Ibadan in 1997.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
Amos Tutuola takes you on a bizarre, disturbing journey into the Nigerian bush, where there are magicians who put jujus on you, people that transform themselves into animals, and where everyone is a ghost. The world is full of ghosts, and there is so much cruelty and slavery - "this is what hatred did".
The book provides a very interesting insight into the mindset of most people in West Africa, where people believe that the spirits of the dead are constantly interacting with the living, and where "hatred" (and slaving, and the slaving wars) have wrought so much despair. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Martin on 1 July 2009
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The narrator is lost in the world of the ghosts and the reader is lost in the world of Amos Tutuola. Travelling between the ghosts' towns, captured and abused by the ghosts, searching for a way home Tutuola produces a vibrant, original book. It is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and should be as widely read.
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Magical Realism at it's Best 26 Mar. 2010
By Gregory Turner - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book and a milestone in post-postmodern/poststructuralist literature using the techniques of Magical Realism. As a Google search will turn up, Magical Realism expresses the nostalgia of global modernity for the traditional worlds it has vanquished and subsumed. Far from representing an alternative to or a subversion of an emergent world order, magical realism is both an effect of and a vehicle for globalization, itself only the latest phase of a centuries-long process of modernization. At one time understood to be mainly, if not exclusively, a Latin American phenomenon, magical realism has emerged over the last three decades as an artistic movement of international significance. As writers from Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East have joined a literary movement attracting an ever widening international audience, the magical realist novel has arguably become the preeminent form of fiction in the contemporary world. Tutuola's myth's come from the Yoruba religious tradition and mythology of Nigeria.

The neat synopsis normally given for a realist novel is unattainable in this type of work because the story is mediated to us only through loose and oten disjointed plots and pieces of stories intricately conjoined. It consists of several stoires within a story-of the main story with a journey motif and with digressions that are philosophical, sociological, psycholgoical, historical and religious in their discursive origins. The thread, in a sequence of sporadic happenings throughout the whole stretch of the main character's journey of discovery, weaves its way along, tying together the scattered and floating story lines, events and difuse epsisodes.

Myths and local beliefs are part of the real, life-world, not that they exist next to the real world

This is serous fiction and not merely escapist.
A book you might not want to lend to a friend, because it might not return it to you! 10 Dec. 2013
By Kenneth S. Coppola - Published on
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I heard about this book in 1981 after musicians David Byrne and Brian Eno created a musical compilation which was also titled "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" with songs influenced by the Tutuola story. I wasted no time purchasing the book when I found it at Written in the early 1950's the book is filled with engaging stories as part of the larger story of two boys who become separated from one another on a search for their mother who didn't return after a trip to a west African market. The stories the describe their journey are mysterious and exciting, portraying life in a challenging world where beauty and danger lurk in the bush and in the minds of the desert dwellers. Each next chapter of the journey seems breathtaking with an inspirational and surprising end to the story which completes a full circle of this family's life. You'll need to read the book to find out what ghosts have to do with the story, because these are not cartoon ghosts or the ghosts on the American film industry. This is an educational literary experience.
Very Intense Writer 26 Jan. 2013
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Amos Tutuola is an amazing author. His vivid descriptions in this story leaves the reader wondering sometimes if it really is fiction, even though on the surface, intellectually, one knows it is. The reader can see, hear, feel, smell, and taste all of the things that the author describes. Even though Tutuola and I are separated greatly by generational, cultural, and geographical bounds, I have no trouble at all relating to the story or the imagery. This story has even given me nightmares on a few occasions. Even though the book is short, it has been so intense that I have had to digest it in very small portions. Tutuola has not been a very celebrated author, but he is nonetheless a very, very, talented author. I would recommend anything he writes.
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replaced an old favorite 5 Aug. 2014
By okie dokie - Published on
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great book- read it long ago and wanted to replace it.
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