Alain Mabanckou is the author of our hilarious book of the month Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty. He is also a man of many titles in the literary space in addition to being a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015. He won the Grand Pix de la Littérature 2012 besides receiving the Subsaharan African Literature Prize and Prix Renaudot.
By now, it is easy to tell that Mabanckou, the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels has had a major contribution enough to have him selected by the French Journal Lire as one of the fifty writers to watch in the coming century.
In “Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty” Mabanckou draws this narrative from his experiences as a child growing in Africa. A narrative told from a child’s view as portrayed by the 10 year old Michel.
Michel’s life view is seen from the thoughts that cross his mind when he sees planes that fly above him. This in itself leads him to dream about the countries he will land in. A thought that he also shares with his friend Lounès.
At only ten years, Michel is going through much more than any other 11 year old may be faced with. He is caught in a dilemma. He is struggling to keep up with the demands of dating his 12 year old girlfriend Caroline who is threatening to dump him for a bully. A bully with who is in the same football club with Michel. Can life get worse?
You will find out that Michel has another mountain that to climb. Leave alone the dramatic deranged girlfriend who is unleashing threats. Something that affects his mother who sells peanuts. Something a witch doctor said.
If you are already convinced, you can buy the book here. Expect to be thrilled by a novelist who is said to be ‘of exuberant originality’ by Guardian.
The author currently resides in Los Angeles where he also teaches literature at University of California.
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