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review 2013-08-12 00:00
Review: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola
My Life In the Bush of Ghosts - Amos Tutuola

This is the first novel of Tutuola that I've read and it's not comparable to any other book I know of. Two brothers get separated from their mother in the village and then from each other near a bush when war breaks out. There are no details or specifics. The power of the novel - the suspension of disbelief - works best with the continuing vagueness that Tutuola employs. The youngest of the brothers eats a fruit from a tree and is then transported into the world of ghosts in this bush. Here the strangest tale takes place as the boy learns about this world with all its different towns, each with their own rules, while he wanders about hoping to make his way out and back home. Suffice it to say, he is stuck there for 24 years.

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