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Makeda Paperback – Aug. 30 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 53 ratings

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"Eloquent and erudite, Robinson's oft-times mystical coming-of-age saga teems with rich and evocative historical insights."
--"Booklist"

"Hypnotic . . . one of the finest novels this year . . . [Robinson] is a gifted storyteller."
--"Essence"

"Robinson writes with erudition about strange and wonderful matters."
--"Kirkus Reviews"

""Makeda" is beyond ambitious and imaginative . . . well written and powerful, with an ending that is equal parts tragic and romantic in nature . . . a breathtaking revelation, weighted with romance and lovely passionate prose."
--"New York Journal of Books"

"Robinson is not only exploring what it means to be black. His theme of knowing the past before planning the future applies to all cultures, all people. Pick up this odyssey of family drama, history and love, and be prepared to consider your own beginnings."
--"Shelf Awareness"

From the Inside Flap

"In Robinson's majestic prose and sweeping historical vision, the tongues of Virginia Woolf, Gabriel García Márquez, and Toni Morrison blend to remind us that we can renew our souls in the eyes of ancestors who return to us in whatever way our lives demand."—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Know What I Mean?

“Rich and detailed . . . Makeda is a lively and irresistible story about family and the coming-of-age of an intelligent black man in twentieth-century America. At once tender, intellectually daring, and emotionally unsettling, Makeda joins that short list of great American novels.”
—Kwame Dawes, award-winning author of She’s Gone

“I have always loved Randall Robinson, and with Makeda I love him more.”
—Bertice Berry, author of Redemption Song

“Above all is Robinson’s way with language; his development of characters who float mythically through a story of epic proportions.”
—Herb Boyd, author of Baldwin’s Harlem

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"Makeda teases, provokes, challenges, and illuminates the complex, painful, and joyous personal and collective journeys in search of family, identity, love, and place that define us. Like the protagonist Makeda’s many incarnations, this haunting novel of return reminds us that we are all part of something far greater than ourselves, or this moment."
—Jill Nelson, author of the New York Times best seller Volunteer Slavery

"Randall Robinson is not only a legendary freedom fighter, but also a towering public intellectual and powerful novelist. His fascinating new work, Makeda, has great mind, heart, and soul!"
—Cornel West, author of Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir

"Makeda is brilliant and path-breaking, filled with passion and compassion. It took hold in my heart and wouldn’t let go. A scholar and a poet uncompromisingly committed to justice, Randall Robinson is a rare and exquisite writer. This novel will burn in your brain long after you have left its haunting pages."
—Susan L. Taylor, former editor in chief of Essence magazine

"Makeda is a soaring, wrenching, and ultimately revealing glimpse into the roles within a powerful matriarchal family . . . A must read for anyone who wants to appreciate history, the role of women, and the significance of transferring ideas, goals, and ambitions from one generation to the next."
—Charles J. Ogletree Jr., author of The Presumption of Guilt

"Luminous and magical; in Makeda, Robinson has created a brilliant and well-imagined work."
—Bernice L. McFadden, award-winning author of Glorious


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"In Robinson's majestic prose and sweeping historical vision, the tongues of Virginia Woolf, Gabriel García Márquez, and Toni Morrison blend to remind us that we can renew our souls in the eyes of ancestors who return to us in whatever way our lives demand."―Michael Eric Dyson, author of Know What I Mean?

“Rich and detailed . . . Makeda is a lively and irresistible story about family and the coming-of-age of an intelligent black man in twentieth-century America. At once tender, intellectually daring, and emotionally unsettling, Makeda joins that short list of great American novels.”
―Kwame Dawes, award-winning author of She’s Gone

“I have always loved Randall Robinson, and with Makeda I love him more.”
―Bertice Berry, author of Redemption Song

“Above all is Robinson’s way with language; his development of characters who float mythically through a story of epic proportions.”
―Herb Boyd, author of Baldwin’s Harlem

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5.0 out of 5 stars Les yeux perçants de Makeda l'aveugle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical context!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Home Run!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and enlightening
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makeda is a Masterpiece
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly enlightening!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Great Book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dense, hard to get through, but so worthwhile ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAKEDA- AN EDUCATIONAL, SPIRITUAL, LITERARY GOLDMINE!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeding Expectations
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Excellence
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