Butler, Octavia E.

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2003.
Edition: 25th anniverary edition
ISBN: 0807083690
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,21 cm.


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Mar 22, 2015

Pleaase see if this title will soon come out as an audio book!

thank you,

Mar 19, 2015
  • LPL_KateG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kindred was my first major experience with science fiction, and I was blown away. Dealing with difficult and important topics such as racism and gender relations, Butler weaves together a thought-provoking and moving narrative.

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.


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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Jun 09, 2008
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Jun 15, 2014
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