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Feather Woman of the Jungle

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In Feather Woman of the Jungle, the people of a Yoruba village gather on ten memorable nights to hear the stories and wisdom of their chief. They learn of his adventures, among them his encounter with the Jungle Witch and her ostrich, his visit to the town of the water people and his imprisonment by the Goddess of Diamonds. Each night the people return, eager to discover i ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by City Lights Books (first published 1962)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Dec 06, 2014 Nathan "N.R." Gaddis added it
Recommends it for: Fin Tutuola
Recommended to Nathan "N.R." by: Ben Winch
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I’ll risk this word because it should be used as a mere descriptor and shuck the suspicious glances ;; Amos Tutuola has a primitive book here with his Feather Woman of the Jungle. Others might pronounce that as ‘authentic’ but you’ll understand I prefer to avoid that condescension. Really all I mean to say is that Tutuola’s book here, and I almost must assume also his famous the palm-wine drinkard, comes from a stage of cultural-literary development which is simply no longer visible or available ...more
"Feather Woman of the Jungle" was my introduction to Amos Tutuola. Denver's best bookstore, sadly long-gone, was Equator Books, specializing in international literature. A small bookstore, but every title on their shelves a real gem, hand-selected by the women who owned the joint, DeDe and Joanne. I hadn't heard of Tutuola in college, graduate school or even the dynamic literary street scene at Faces Cafe at 17th and Franklin, run by that wild-eyed and wilder-haired Hawaiian of Cretan ancestry, ...more
This is a collection of hero adventure tales similar to Sinbad and the Seven Seas. These 10 tales are related by the hero in his old age when he becomes chief to an ever-increasing number of villagers. The tales all involve the hero meeting, battling, and (usually) prevailing by cleverness and bravery and returning home with riches. I love Tutuola's books and the magical air of fairy tale his language evokes.
The collected misadventures in Feather Woman lack the depth of wide eyed creative genius of Tutuola's earlier work. We still have flashes of that depraved wonder - our protagonist selling his sense of shame so he can demand food from a village of famine - just not at the same breakneck speeds. In exchange for these inventive shortcomings the English is notably more polished, though still takes getting used to. Despite my reservations about the content, this is still Tutuola - a truly original li ...more
Story collection by author who also wrote My Life In the Bush of Ghosts, about magic in the African bush. Scariest sections involve protagonist and his brother who are captured by the witch, turned into two-dimensional images, and flogged daily. Witch is half-bird, half-woman. Yay!
This is a pretty fun read. When I read it, it seemed a lot like variations on a theme, taking place over several nights. The grammar is... interesting.
amazing stuff, just read this on the way to East Africa, reviewed it here:
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Amos Tutuola (20 June 1920 – 8 June 1997) was a Nigerian writer famous for his books based in part on Yoruba folk-tales.
Despite his short formal education, Tutuola wrote his novels in English. His writing's grammar often relies more on Yoruba orality than on standard English.
More about Amos Tutuola...
The Palm-Wine Drinkard & My Life in the Bush of Ghosts The Palm-Wine Drinkard My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Simbi and the Satyr of the Dark Jungle Pauper, Brawler, And Slanderer

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