Book Pairings: Black Panther

If you loved the movie “Black Panther” (seriously, who didn’t?!) or Marlon James new release “Black Leopard, Red Wolf”, you’d love “Memoirs of a Porcupine” by Alain Mabanckou.

Very much like “Black Leopard, Red Wolf”, in “Memoirs of a Porcupine” we see African mythology and folklore come to life; supernatural beings roaming the Earth and troubled narrators. “Memoirs of a Porcupine” a young boy in a Congolese village is subjected to a magical ritual that creates an evil double and links him forever to a porcupine. This magical ritual will plant the seed of evil in his heart and turn the porcupine into his instrument of murder. But he is not the only one with an evil double roaming around…

This is a fantastic tale, that will have glued to it; devouring it until it is done. It is a very short read which, in my opinion, is an added advantage. I think James has nothing on Mabanckou. But you be the judge.

Author: Carla Hafez

Reader of mostly literary fiction and own-voices fiction. Latina. Feminist. Amateur reviewer. Opinionated. Unapologetically progressive. Mom. Wife. Believer.

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