Book Review: Sundiata

Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali, by N.T. Diate is based on oral story of the birth and rise of Sundiata, 7th and last conqueror of Mali, as passed on from generation to generation by griots (troubadours).

It’s a very interesting epic taking place in the 13th century, which provides the reader with a look lot only into history of the region, but with insight into traditional beliefs and culture of Mali. I found the syncretism of Islamic and traditional beliefs quite interesting and wonder how that might have changed today.

As with any epic, the objectification of women and portrayal of sexual violence against women is rampant. Other content warnings include violence and enslavement.

It is an interesting tale if you are looking for an introduction into Mali. Though I usually find epics boring, the portrayal of traditional beliefs kept me interested and it helped that it was around 100 pages long.

Author: Carla Hafez

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s