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Palm-Wine Drinkard based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
"I was a palm-wine drinkard since I was a boy of ten years of age. I had no other work more than to drink palm wine in my life." The unnamed narrator, who is also the "father of all the gods", takes his wife and cutlass on the road to find his palm-wine tapster in the land of deads. When deads and alives collide, juju ensues! African dreamtime story cannily told, with knowing punctuation.
I read Tutuola's novel in a college course, where it was analyzed in terms of how it reflects the rhythm of drumming and oral storytelling. Later I encountered palm wine, and it isn't hard to imagine how it might be seen as magical and sacred--it comes fermented straight out of the tree!