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Kindred

by Octavia E. Butler

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An interesting read that quickly had me hooked. This is not a science fiction novel about time travel it seems to be more about one woman's connection with her ancestors. As a black woman Dana is taken from 1976 to antebellum Maryland in the south and experiences at first hand the life of a slave. This 19th century life creates many dilemmas for Dana and she is subjected to violence to herself and others. The story is personal to Dana and told in the first person by her. Octavia Butler uses the clashing of the two cultures to explore how people seemed to accept slavery and she explores the boundaries or lack of them between black and white, master and slave as well as past and present. ( )
  Tifi | Feb 22, 2017 |
so.... okay. i am very glad to have finally read this book. but (yeah... there's a 'but'), while i found the premise and story pretty cool, i didn't dig the actual writing too much. i feel like because it took me so long to get to this novel, my expectations were built up quite a lot - i really thought the writing was going to blow my socks off. i did like many aspects of kindred, including the fact the actual time travel is left completely unexplained. there is a lot of cleverness here from butler. i just wish i liked the writing style more. the edition i read had a great afterword which i found terrific. ( )
  Booktrovert | Feb 21, 2017 |
Kindred definitely more historical than science fiction or time travel. It was a excellent account of the horrors of slavery, although a more southern state probably is a lot worse. Characters are nuanced and complex. Octavia Butler is adept at dialog. I bought the premise because the tale was what was important as opposed to the time travel. Dana and her husband can never be the same again though the book only hints at that. Ending a little to abrupt and as someone else mentioned the arm amputation not necessary. For me a very compelling read. ( )
  debann6354 | Feb 19, 2017 |
This graphic novel tells the story of a young African American lady who time travels back to a plantation in the pre Civil War South. Each time she goes back it is to help the plantation owner's son. Eventually her white husband goes back with her and must don the role of her master. As the young boy grows into adulthood. the dynamics of all the characters become much more complex. My chief complaint are that the graphics are simplistic and hard to read. The main character has such short hair I kept thinking she was a man. ( )
  muddyboy | Feb 13, 2017 |
Back cover summary: "Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and more dangerous, until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun."

For those of you who are science geeks, forget it. This is not at all about the "how" of time travel. It just happens in this book. Accept it and move on!

Rather, it is a glimpse into the interactions between master and slave and the ties between slaves. Granted the view is slanted because it is filtered through the eyes of a 21st century person, but still very effective.

But I have two quibbles:

#1 I didn't completely buy the love between Dana and her husband. It just fell flat for me.

#2 When Dana ends her journey back in the present, but loses her arm because her arm was trapped in the wall, I thought that was an unnecessary price to pay and that she shouldn't have to carry any more scars than the ones she already had from the whip on her back. But the author wanted a jarring end. To make it perfectly clear that Dana was a changed woman and that life could never be the same for her. (This condensed from an interview I read.) Well, duh! Her soul is changed forever!! And to have it happen when there had never been a hint of this danger in any of the preceding time shifts? I didn't like it. Okay, rant over.



I thought the book was quite good and very readable. I mean a gave it a 4.0! ( )
  Berly | Feb 7, 2017 |
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Butler, Octavia E.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crossley, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gyan, DeborahCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leon, JanaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, RachelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rummel, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwinger, LaurenceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A young African-American woman is mysteriously transferred back in time leading to an irresistible curiosity about her family's past.
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Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

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Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and more dangerous, until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.… (more)

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