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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy) (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Marlon James (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Dark Star Trilogy (1)

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FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD The New York Times Bestseller Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post "A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made." —Neil Gaiman "Gripping, action-packed....The literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones , from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings In the stunning first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. 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. As Tracker follows the boy's scent—from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers—he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying? Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that's come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that's also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy)
Kirjailijat:Marlon James (Tekijä)
Info:Riverhead Books (2019), Edition: 1st Edition, 640 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto, Parhaillaan lukemassa
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 45) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Too hard to read for a dyslexic.
Very enjoyable until I gave up trying though so I’ll probably try the audiobook. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Unlike any book I've ever read, James has a world that is dense, original, and complete. ( )
  jackcrawford | Dec 14, 2020 |
TW: rape, pedophilia, domestic violence, torture

Woof, I had to really work to finish this. About 75% of the way through I just stopped caring.

I was super excited for this book. I love getting into fantasy that isn't rooted in Tolkien or other traditionally white European mythology/traditions for a change. I love non-linear storytelling. I love unreliable narrators. I love actually diverse casts with people of color and LGBTQ representation. I love non-traditional were-beasts.

But I also love good books, and this one just needed more polish and editing.

The framing of the book is Tracker telling his captor about his quest to find a missing/kidnapped child, meaning that the story is told in a series of flashbacks, but the flashbacks are not in a well-defined order. It also causes a lot of dialogue within dialogue - Tracker telling a story about Leopard telling him a story about a story Nyka told him. It doesn't help that several main characters don't have a distinct voice from each other. This nested, disjointed storytelling is very episodic and feels like men sitting around a campfire boasting of their exploits more than a novel. There is no arc and little plot to it. When I read that the author wrote the book by writing a series of notes and episodes with no plot and then stitched them together with shifting perspectives...I 100% believe it.

The book tries incredibly hard to be gritty and realistic. I'm not a delicate reader by any means, and am not scandalized by characters taking a shit now and then. But a significant portion of the book is dedicated to the description of effluvium. You can't go a few pages without being reminded of the smell or feel or look of piss, shit, cum, the heady aroma of a man's ass crack, a treatise on the different types of sweat that can go rank in one's bed. It gets tiresome and ultimately comes off as sophomoric.

There's also a lot of sex, violence, and sexual violence. Again, when done well, none of this bothers me. But most if not all of it is not done well. There's a lot of rape just for the sake of having gritty realistic rape. There's pedophilia, forced circumcision and castration, forced pregnancy. There's the brutal fridging of a young girl by having a monster rape her to death, purely to motivate Sadogo. And no one cares. The main characters certainly don't, and engage in plenty of it themselves. They don't even have particularly strong feelings about it so long as it doesn't impede them personally and directly. That's a problem.

That's the thing. The characters are all horrible people, acting horribly, who never become less horrible, and whose accounts of events can't be trusted. Some, like Sadogo, I can sympathize with, because of his history of brutal mistreatment - but sympathy isn't the same as liking a character. I couldn't root for anyone in the story. I didn't care if the protagonists succeeded or failed because regardless, I was assured the outcome would be horrible. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
This started out as hard work and was periodically very unpleasant reading. It's gruesome and bloodthirsty and explicit and does not pull its punches. But slowly I got pulled into the world and found it captivating. It's interesting firstly to read fantasy written from a queer black point of view, and secondly from a basis in African mythology that I was totally unfamiliar with. Again and again I would google a name to find it was a creature from African mythology, shaped and molded for the story. If there are pleasant and amiable creatures in African mythology they are not to be found here. It's a quest really, where the plot isn't super important, its just an excuse for the protagonist to travel around having a terrible time.

We read this for book group and a lot of people struggled to finish it or enjoy it, it's a challenge. But I think worth the effort. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Dec 6, 2020 |
Is it a fantasy? Is it a folk tale? Is it an allegory? Maybe. Maybe not. Black Leopard Red Wolf, by Marlon James, a gay Black writer/professor who teaches at Macalester College, got stunning reviews.

In my time I’ve devoured all three genres, so I thought it was just my cup of tea. Unfortunately, in BLRW, tea is not served. Devouring it is, but it’s not the reader who’s doing the devouring. The story is told by Red Wolf (although he is called “Tracker” throughout). Black Leopard, who can transform at will between man and beast, is his friend--at least sometimes. Leopard and Tracker spend much of their time hunting for a lost boy, and have many perilous adventures along the way. Tracker has two axes and Leopard is an accomplished archer, and the people they meet are soon apprised of their skills.

Is it a fantasy? Well, there are witches, and winged creatures, and magical doors, and thrones. There’s a map of lands visited. It is filled with fantastical characters: Sadogo the sad giant,
Giraffe Boy, Smoke Girl, gremlins, a smart buffalo, vampires, flesh-eating monsters. But this tale is far darker than the darkest fairy tale. Fantasies for me suggest rich imaginings from the likes of Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Madeleine Engle, Ursula LeGuin. Gentle, wise narrators, often women. Not in this book.

Is it a folk tale? Well, it appears to take place in a continent like Africa, and there are talking animals. But there doesn’t seem to be a lesson to be learned.

Maybe it’s an allegory. Wolf loses an eye at one point, suggesting limited insight. White Scientists are the “darkest of the necromancers.” Slavery figures in the story. Sex figures in the story, somewhat explicit. There are dark portents of future threats from the West.

But here’s what it is: a cornucopia of killing. Disabled children and lovers are murdered. Countless descriptions of physical injury, one on one, pow, bang, right where it hurts, like the scenes in a comic book repeated endlessly, Batman, Superman, the Green whoever he is, but here there’s no sense of fighting evil. Like the samurai battles in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, fighting so intense it rises from the ground.

I usually race through novels. It took me months to read BLRW, but I was determined. Fortunately, in the last chapter, there’s a summary of everything that has gone on. Very helpful. Also in this final chapter, Tracker ruminates:

“Maybe this was how all stories end, the ones with true women and men, true bodies falling into wounding and death, and with real blood spilled. And maybe this is why the great stories we told are so different. Because we tell stories to live, and that sort of story needs a purpose, so that sort of story must be a lie. Because at the end of a true story, there is nothing but waste.”

This is a story without hope--not even a tiny sliver of it. We humans may be barbarians, but isn’t there, just sometimes, a brief shower of grace upon us? An occasional moment of redemption? ( )
2 ääni deckla | Sep 20, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 45) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
... that’s only one example of the many ways in which James’s densely realized epic works to expand the possibilities of the form – the characters not only have desires and act on them, but grapple with problems of identity, duty, loyalty, and their own complicated motivations; at some points, Tracker’s growing rage is such that he says he’s ready to “murder the world;” at others, he acts like a more conventional hero, valuing honor over rewards. With hints of an impending war between the north and the south, and oblique references to lands across the sea, James leaves himself plenty of room for the subsequent vol­umes, and if they match the furious richness and depth of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, they may complete one of the most important and innovative fantasy epics of the century so far.
 
In Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a story’s truth is not measured by how accurately it strives toward representing an objective reality. Rather, truth manifests in a story’s failure: as part of a world, made up of nothing but stories, that is bound to the imperfection of story. At the end of such a story, no truth, simple or otherwise, remains — only the story.
 
It is also welcome to experience a fantasy world that is derived from Africa, with a narrator who is explicitly gay. Tracker is a very human and fallible character, and often very frustrating, but by the end my heart broke with him. I don’t know if the promised sequels will follow Tracker or another character in the same world, but this book feels like a complete story in and of itself – there are no George R.R. Martin cliffhangers here.

I highly recommend this book for all adult fiction collections.
 
If James could go easier on the bloodletting and muscle-bound prose, choose subtlety and sensuousness over teenage-testosterone swagger, there’s still time for him to queer rather than pastiche the franchise fare he’s avariciously eyeing.
 
To read A Brief History of Seven Killings is to feel Kingston assembling itself in James’ mind through the voices and stories of his characters, in much the same way that he constructs the nameless land of Tracker’s birth, a place that is and also isn’t Africa. It may not be real, but listen long enough and you’ll believe in it, too.
lisäsi g33kgrrl | muokkaaSlate.com, Laura Miller (Feb 12, 2019)
 

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FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD The New York Times Bestseller Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post "A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made." —Neil Gaiman "Gripping, action-packed....The literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones , from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings In the stunning first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. 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. As Tracker follows the boy's scent—from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers—he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying? Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that's come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that's also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.

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