The Village Witch Doctor Essay

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In his brief review of Amos Tutuola's new volume of stories, The Village Witch Doctor and Other Stories, Richard Bauerle still finds delight in Tutuola's tales, which are based on traditional Yoruba embellished with some modern twists.

Amos Tutuola's new volume contributes eighteen more stories to his already large number, all based on traditional Yoruba folktales. His themes are much like those in his previous books: greed, thievery, betrayal, fraud, et cetera. However, the milieu is in some cases more modern. The major plot device is that of the trickster tricked. The title story is typical though more elaborate than most. The witch doctor keeps tricking his victim in different ways until finally the tables are turned. The characters in the tales include many familiar figures: the tortoise, the jungle drummer, the beetle lady, and people with regular Yoruba names.

Tutuola's manner of telling his stories is, as...

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