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Makeda by Randall Robinson
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Feb 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in February, 2012

Maybe I missed it (which is entirely possible given how scatterbrained I've become) but I'm surprised this book didn't get more press. I found myself comparing Robinson's book to those of another black law scholar/novelist, Stephen L. Carter. The big difference between the two is pacing: Robinson's, for all its elegant prose, moves at a not-too-fast, not-too-slow clip, whereas Carter's tend to plod along while also lacking the same grace of language. The story in and of itself isn't that complicated -- a grandson tries to discover what's behind his blind grandmother's dreams -- but Robinson uses this vehicle to make statements about race and culture that aren't too preachy. The only real problem I had involved the use of the older brother in the story; I feel Robinson missed an opportunity to deepen the novel even further by exploring his role in the family dynamic.

This is his second novel; I haven't read the first (The Emancipation of Wakefield Clay) but now I think I might.
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