Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Entertainment Weekly|February 1 - 8, 2019
Black Leopard, Red Wolf

BY

Marlon James

PAGES

620

GENRE

Fantasy

REVIEW BY

David Canfield @davidcanfield97

Marlon James

WITHIN THE FIRST 15 PAGES OF BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF, the narrator, Tracker, visits a dead king in an alternate realm to drag him back to the living; sleeps with an elderly woman he finds sitting by a river, thrusting “in and out of her, unnerved by her silence”; and recalls the moment he beat his abusive father until “his heads macked the ground so loud,” his mother screamed in agony. “There are two endings to this story,” Tracker reflects. In the first, his father dies; in the second, he lives. The novel keeps both options simmering, neither reaching a conclusive boil.

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February 1 - 8, 2019