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Feather Woman of the Jungle

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  77 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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
Aug 15, 2014 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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
J.M. Hushour
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
A much weaker follow-up to "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" and "The Palm-Wine Drinkard". The verve and zaniness of those two novels are here dulled and wan. The premise is plain: a village elder tells stories of his adventures among the magic-wielding weirdos of the bush. Too bad that these stories are little more than bored-sounding rehashes of much of what Tutuola had already written. I'd give this one a pass and stick to his earlier novels.
Lada Moskalets
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Абсурдна і дивна книжечка, яка своїми історіями про зловісних богинь лісу і мандри нагадує дитячі казки, але водночас достатньо іронічна для дорослих. Більшість негативних персонажів - жінки - відьми, чарівниці і королеви, які вплутують бідного мандрівника у халепи, але, принаймні, ці всі героїні активні та діяльні. Читання про всіх цих людей-змій, підводні царства, велетнів і чаклунів дуже розширює межі уяви, щось, що ми втрачаємо після того, як перестаємо читати казки
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Bob Newman
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating collage of myth and tall tales

Every now and then the world's attention is drawn to a strange figure in the world of arts, a figure who "doesn't belong", who has not paid the proper dues and hasn't struggled up through the usual channels. No, that person suddenly rockets into the artistic firmament, does things in a totally unconventional way, and is immediately pounced upon and torn apart by those who have studied, worked, and sweated, dreaming of brilliant success. I think of some
There is no storyteller like Amos Tutuola.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amos Tutuola is an amazing story teller, and it's always a joy to read his books. This one was great at times but unfortunately a bit lacking in certain aspects - some adventures weren't very exciting and the main character didn't need to do much to achieve his goals. Overall, a nice book but not excellent.
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Ahmed Adeyanju
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This isn't Tutuola's best work but it retains his sense of wonder and characters full of derring-do and mischief.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
amazing stuff, just read this on the way to East Africa, reviewed it here:
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I'm not rating this because I feel like I can't really get a grip on it. It's just so far from what I'm used to I didn't know what to think.
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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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