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on 22 June 2013
First met this book in Cameroun in 1967. Re-reading it has taken me back to those splendid days. The prose, the obserations the sheer beauty of the world it descrbes will never be forgotten. A masterpiece.
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on 14 January 2012
Weird surrealistic fantasy stuff, but very compelling and an addictive joy. Unclassifiable, but rather similar to the "Famished Road" genre of Ben Okri. It must have made an enormous impact in the 1950s!
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on 25 September 2014
Its another masterpiece of African Literature.
It should be studied alongside Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" in the early stages of getting to grips with the continent's literature.
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on 14 March 2015
I still do not know what I read. An African magical fantasy story? A mixture of myth, legend and nonsense? I don't know, but I couldn't-not-read it.
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on 17 August 2014
i have to say i only got half way through it - i loved it but wasn't quite bitten enough to finish. maybe another day in a different mood i will
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 1999
I bought the Bangla translated version of this book from a second-hand bookstore in Bangladesh. That one had biography of Amos Tutuola and a brief introduction about African folk tale, particularly the unique style of delivering the story by talking, acting and dancing. When I started reading the story itself, I found a class of literature that was completely different from East and West. This is not merely a folk tell, the writer has got unimaginable way of thinking in his brain. Read the first paragraph and you will find you are shocked. You can't stop reading until it is finished.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2011
Very nice and naive book. My first ecnounter with written African oral literature. Avery graphic tale! 'Palm Wine Drunkard' is simply pure, ludicrous and laughable fun.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2009
It's a really nice book,
If you like a different typt of reading this is for you.
There is always something happening in the book, every page has kind of a different story.
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on 17 April 2015
Read it!
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2009
The Palm-wine Drinkard is a myth and cannot really be read as a novel. It is in style and contents very similar to the numerous myths relayed by Joseph Campbell in his volumes of Mythology, The Masks of God. But Amos Tutola offers no explanations and so the reader is left in the dark.

I'm not saying it isn't interesting, but just don't buy it in the hope you can read it and gain an understanding of some part of African culture, or The Human Condition, on par with Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" for instance.
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