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Amos Tutuola's tales, drawing on the Yoruba folk tradition and the unique rhythms and idiom of Nigerian English, combine the resonance of universal myth with airs on a range of human vagaries. The leading characters here, as signalled by their nicknames, have all been rejected by patrician parents and forced to set out on what becomes a 'non-return' journey--in the visible ...more
Published April 1st 1987 by Faber & Faber
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Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tutuola again demonstrates his excellent storytelling skills, he maintains his own unique style, while he has developed in a new direction in terms of narrative structure. Not quite as bizarre and anarchic as his first two books, this story has more of a mythic quality, as a kind of parable on destiny, strife, and the characters of man. At the same time, it's got a lot of humor, adventure, slapstick and wit. Anyone who has read Tutuola before will be familiar with such language as is displayed i ...more
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The story Pauper, Brawler and Slanderer by Amos Tutuola is a modern take on a Yoruba folk tradition that sees the lives of three unaware ill-fated infants destined for prejudice and persecution live their lives not only shunned by their community but also their blue-blooded religious devotee parents. As they tragically realize their fate they embark on a journey that will find them settling in and being expelled from such towns as: Abalabi, Moko Loki, Ofadafa Juro, Araromi, Aiku, Owode, and even ...more
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Grounded in Yoruba folktales, and making use of a hybrid English, Tutuola's voice is both readable and strange. His 'The Palm Wine Drinkard' and 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts' are better books, and a better place to start than this book. In the combined edition, these works have an introduction that helps to situate Tutuola's work. If you have read and liked those books, Pauper, Brawler, and Slanderer might interest you, but it is not without problems.

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this is my first nigerian work, something different from lit from europe or japan, reading like an anthropology myth written out and expanded. i have read some african critics are annoyed that he writes so, technically, poor grammar, words, and whether he has done more than transcribe yoruba myths. i am in no position to join the latter debate, but as far as style, perhaps it would not translate to say french, it would be derided, but the rhythms i find cast a poetic spell. it is the nature of e ...more
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: creative types who like myths and fairy tales (the real kind).
Loved it. Lots of fun. Very crazy book. Not sure what the writer's intentions are. I like its storytelling quality.
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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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