- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Headline (27 Mar. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472214811
- ISBN-13: 978-1472214812
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kindred Paperback – 27 Mar 2014
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Kindred is that rare magical artifact ... the novel one returns to, again and again (Harlan Ellison, muti-award-winning author)
One of the most original, thought-provoking works examining race and identity (Los Angeles Times)
One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art (Los Angeles Herald-Examiner)
The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler's Kindred is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it's wimping out (Tor.com)
A modern black woman is transported to 19th century Maryland, where she faces the cruel realities of slavery. Kindred, Octavia E. Butler's masterpiece, is an essential read and 'a shattering work of art' (Los Angeles Herald-Examiner).See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a story of Dana, a modern Afro-American writer married to a white writer, who is drawn back in time to live with Rufus, plantation and slave owner in the period of 1815 - 1830, and also her distant ancestor. Though the mechanism by which she is forced back in time is never rationally explicated, this is almost immaterial, and Dana (and the reader) must simply deal with the transfer as a fact. But she is always drawn back at those times when Rufus is in danger of losing his life, from a near drowning to a contemplated suicide. When she helps him out of sheer humanitarianism, it leads to her having a rather strange position within his household, neither wholly slave nor anything close to being the equal of the whites. From this position, she can observe all the interactions between owner and slave, and at least initially be somewhat shielded from the worst of the living conditions of the slaves.
That shielding will not last, as Butler develops a powerful theme of how unbridled power leads to abuses that crush lives and hope, and just as much imposes character changes in the wielder and the recipient of such power. As a stark portrait of living conditions in that time, as a diatribe that exposes just how much has been conveniently forgotten about slavery and its demeaning, demoralizing effects, this work will evoke emotions of shame, rage, and empathy with all who are, through no fault of their own, caught in situations with very limited choices.Read more ›
Miss Butler's book not only encourages black people to know about the struggles in their history but also for white people to understand what was happening to African Americans during slavery. At times it's sad and heart rendering. You are transported into another time by the excellent literary skills of Octavia Butler. I felt connected to Dana's character and how she begins to find out about her ancestry, a story that probably is familiar with most families in America.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as a friend recommended it to me. I felt it was a written well. It did not linger on things that didn't push the story forward. The relationships between the slaves and their masters are not detailed enough for you to fully understand the reality but the relationship that Dana has with both parties fulfils that need to know more about the slave-master relationship.
The only criticism is that there is not enough of the story that focuses on the slaves and their relationship with Dana and her husband. I think I would have love to her more about Sarah's life and the slave community that Dana has to fit into. I would also liked to have seen more about how Dana and her husband coped with life changing events that were happening to them.
Overall it is one the best books I've read. I am an avid reader of Toni Morrison and I would thoroughly recommend that people who love reading black literature would adore this book.
However, once there, she must submit to the dictates of her time, i.e. being viewed as a property regardless of whether of not she is legally free. The family essentially claims her as its own, and she is treated more or less like the other slaves on the plantation. This begins an extraordinary transformational journey, where she (and for a time her husband from her own time) must adapt if she wants to survive. SLowly, we see her take on the characteristics of a slave, observing the people around her while standing out because of her knowledge and language and eventually the recognition that there is something abnormal about her appearances.
Nowhere have I ever read a narrative that translates the slave experience into such palpable terms, in ways that we can understand as her contemporaries. Though I read a lot of history, this book was still a revelation to me, from the standpoint of being able to understand the psychology of slavery, the banal everyday fears, and the rage that they subsumed in the name of survival. Most of all, Butler explores the power relationships - how the slaves perceive it, how it creates social division between slaves, and how it corrupts the slave owner. It adds up to a deep portrait of a frighteningly different place, which we would find almost completely alien.
Beneath that is a very deep novel, with innumerable themes that develop through the course of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kindred is a rare artifact: a time-travel novel written by an African American woman in the late 70's, which intimately imagines the complex dynamics of plantation life in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Arban
Kindred is a dark and deeply disturbing novel that predominantly explores the lives of slaves in the antebellum South through the eyes of a time-travelling protagonist. Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Naomi Scott
The most wonderful book that examines how we lived in the days of slavery and how we live now.Published 7 months ago by Nicola Bourne
This book is well written but not what I expected, which was sci fi. Really and truly it was a slave plantation historical fantasy.Published 7 months ago by Peter Bartholomew
Absolutely tremendous read. I am ashamed to say that, as an avid science fiction fan, I had not heard of Octavia E Butler until this year. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Myeral
I thought it would be a little bit like the Time Traveler's wife at first which I didn't particularly like. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jessme
This novel is excellent, nothing short of a literary masterpiece. Captivating, emotional but also inspiring from the beginning to the end.Published 12 months ago by Lola Mosanya
Great book. Nice little bit of sci-fi. Couldn't put it down. Easy writing style too. Just a teeny-weeny bit disappointed with the ending.Published 13 months ago by P.J. Taylor
This book is LIFE.It is a must read for anyone who is into sci- fi and history.Just brilliant.Published 15 months ago by BiggerBadderVoodooMama