corruption the unnamed masses. The novel further experiences complicating action at the point where Nkrumah regime is overthrown, the reader as been prepared for this via theuse of foreshadowing throughout the novel.The Palm wine drinker however, does not share the same narrative structure of the beautiful ones’, it does n fall into the general grouping of continuous prose it is on theconverse episodic and fragmented. The novel begins with an orientation that culminatesin the statement “
One fine morning, I took all my native juju and also my fathers jujuwith me and I left my father’s home own to find out whereabouts was my tapster who had died” (Tutuola pg 7).
Because of the episodic nature of the novel that is not divided intochapters. There occur throughout the narration a number of orientations at the beginningof each episode that give information as to the where the specific episode would be set,and about which character it now concerns. The first episode on his journey, the drunkardmeets and old man and his wife the beginning of the episode describes the bush and thefirst two characters he encounters. Each episode is marked by what at the end constitutesthe Coda; they all end very resolutely “this was how I brought death to the old man….”Or “This was the end of the story of the bag which I carried from the bush to the “wrongtown”. Each individual episode stands on its own.
“Tutuola undoubtedly followed a form of narrative structure first employed by D. O. Fagunwa, in his stories written inYoruba and published in the 1930's and 1940's. During this period Fagunwa was the best knownWriter of fiction in the Yoruba language. His sophisticated narratives drew inspiration from such diverse sources as The Bible, classical texts, Christian religious literature, aswell as from Yoruba folktales. Tutuola's early tales all adopt a similarly consistent