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Kindred

Butler, Octavia E. (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Butler, Octavia E.
Title: Kindred
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2003.
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,21 cm.
Contents: Prologue
The river
The fire
The fall
The fight
The storm
The rope.
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.
Local Note: 6 7 8 9 15 16 17 18 29 53 54 59 60 62 66 70 74 78 102 118 138 143 151 167 210 211 216 228 242 243 244 250 278
ISBN: 9780807083697
0807083690
Statement of Responsibility: Octavia E. Butler
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-284).
Subject Headings: African American women Fiction. Los Angeles (Calif.) Fiction. Southern States Fiction. Slaveholders Fiction. Time travel Fiction. Slavery Fiction. Slaves Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction-2003.
Science fiction-2003.
Topical Term: African American women
Slaveholders
Time travel
Slavery
Slaves
LCCN: 2003062862
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Jun 18, 2014
  • MsLiterate92 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting read.

Mar 03, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book!

Sep 04, 2013
  • goofy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is the first sci-fi novel that I have read written by an African American author. I enjoyed the historical time setting of the novel which seemed to be given a more human emotional feel due to the sci-fi element. It was an interesting read.

Feb 09, 2012
  • Incarnadine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing author, excellent book! This is one of the books I would recommend you start with when starting to read Octavia Butler!
-- With no control over sudden incidents of time-traveling back to the antebellum South, Dana, a modern black woman, must survive periodically being a slave until she can find a way to stay forever in the present. Complicating the issue is her white ancestor, a slave-owner, whose survival Dana must ensure or risk her own existence. Butler is incredibly effective at conveying the chilling psychology of coercion and enslavement.

Dec 11, 2011
  • Sunny39 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good. Makes me see what it was really like to be a slave. Don't talk to me about "contented slaves." Not true.

Aug 18, 2010
  • Dani_106 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fantastic!

Sep 21, 2009
  • 3catnite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mouldering on the shelves of our Library sits the overlooked, under appreciated novel "Kindred" by Octavia Butler. Long before Audrey Niffenegger's novel dazzled the literary world with her time travelling Masterpiece, Octavia Butler wrote the quintessential time travelling morality-play, romance. It is not the same story, thankfully, but so similar in the way it will make you feel, that you will appreciate it like a long overdue companion to "The Time Traveler's Wife".

Jun 09, 2008
  • jss rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A woman travels back in time to her ancestor's slave plantation, thus engaging in a "grandfather paradox" of sorts. All "advisories" noted should not be taken out of context.

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