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A collection of stories drawn from Yoruba legend and tradition, containing characters from folklore, archetypal figures from Yoruba society and the supernatural. Born in Nigeria, Amos Tutuola's other works include "The Palm Wine Drunkard." (Amazon)
Paperback, 90 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Faber & Faber (first published May 1990)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
A late collection of shorts (1990) which lack the dazzle and the magic of the early Tutuola. One suspects that they would have benefited from being strung together into a novel. Several stories here will be familiar from other contexts.
Cody
May 05, 2011 Cody rated it liked it
hey i'm the only one on goodreads with this book. it's because i had to buy it for like $2 from engaldn. definitely not as cool as other tutuola books so dont sweat it if you cant be as cool as me and own it.

Then, frighteningly, he said, 'But as you are a man, how are you going to deliver your pregnancy? This is a big problem for you.'
Carla
May 29, 2015 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories written by Amos Tutuola who passed away in 1997. He was a Nigerian man, who became famous for writing stories based on old Yoruba folk tales. He had a very limited education, but was a wonderful storyteller. Some tales were delightful, some strange. While there was a lesson to be learned from most, sometimes the circumstances at the end of the story were most dire! Somewhat a little different from Aesop's. Would recommend if you love African writers, particularly those of fairy or ...more
Howard
Jan 20, 2016 Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for what it is, which is a way of trying to take in tribal knowledge (of the Yoruba, of which Tutuola was apparently one) Christian teachings and liberal humanist idealism and transform it into something which engages and entertains. Thought provoking, wise and refreshingly unpredictable.
Rob Lloyd
Jan 01, 2016 Rob Lloyd rated it it was ok
Sadly these stories suffer the curse of not matching the brilliance and zest of The Palm Wine Drinkard.
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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.
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