KindredBook - 2004?
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.
From Library Staff
Time travel into our bleak past injustices in slavery, via Butler’s sage & succinct writing style. Rochester, New York named Kindred their book of the year 2003. Published in 1979.
LPL_ShirleyB Mar 02, 2020
eBook & eAudiobook formats available. Time travel into our bleak past injustices in slavery, via Butler’s sage & succinct writing style.
Rochester, New York named Kindred their book of the year 2003. Published in 1979.
This one has had pundits shaking their heads about how to categorize it. It's part historical fiction/slave narrative, part science fiction, but most certainly literary in its style, scope, and importance. Dana, an African American woman of 1976 is inexplicably transported back in time to 1815 to... Read More »
LPL_KateG Mar 19, 2015
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.
LPL_KimberlyL Aug 16, 2016
This book is... haunting. It calls to question how people could have accepted slavery, and makes you rethink everything you've ever known about history. This is one of those books every person should read.
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Unsurprisingly, since this is about slavery, many scenes are frightening and intense
Sexual Content: sexual violence is present throughout, as is historically accurate
Violence: The use of the whip is particularly violent. Also, at least once, a character has a gun pointed directly at them. And a character loses an arm.
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I closed my eyes and saw the children playing their game again. “The ease seemed so frightening.” I said. “Now I see why.”
“The ease. Us, the children ... I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.”
Strangely, they seemed to like him, hold him in contempt, and fear him all at the same time. This confused me because I felt just about the same mixture of emotions for him myself. I had thought my feelings were complicated because he and I had such a strange relationship. But then, slavery of any kind fostered strange relationships. Only the overseer drew simple, unconflicting emotions of hatred and fear when he appeared briefly. But then, it was part of the overseer’s job to be hated and feared while the master kept his hands clean.