Paperback Perils: Black Leopard Red Wolf

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Title: Black Leopard Red Wolf
Author: Marlon James
Publication Date: 2019
Publishing House: Riverhead Books

In an bit of a twist, this is a book I have not finished and don’t plan to for awhile. Goodreads synopsis:

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard. Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written an adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf explores the fundamentals of truths, the limits of power, the excesses of ambition, and our need to understand them all.

I tried to read this book for the first time as an audiobook. Its read with an accent and I felt like I was missing something. There were times when I would have loved to have gone back and reread a section. The story is very well written but it is rough and kind of difficult to get through at points with what is happening on the page. Something that I did like was the framing of this book. Tracker is telling his story to someone. He is the speaker and before getting into the main story he tells some other shorter ones that are meant to highlight a bit of what he is capable of and what he has been through.

Next time I try to tackle this book I will be reading a physical copy. Have you read this book? What did you think? If no, is it on your to read list?


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