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.
What can I say? It is Octavia Butler. She touched on areas that have been touched on by many authors, but she touches them in a very unique way that lets you know you’re dealing with an Octavia Butler story. Race, racism, slavery, love, kinship, and womanhood are just a few of the subjects that mix this story up nicely, but when you throw the concept of Time Travel into it the reader begins to see aspects of those topics he may or may not have thought of before.
This is truly a put-yourself-in-their-position type of story, so you grow close to these characters. Kindred is an amazing story and perhaps her most popular book. If you have read any of her other books you will not be disappointed by this one at all. And on the other hand if you have read this book, PLEASE try her other books as well.
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Information For Kindred
- File Size: 2967 KB ( Download PDF : )
- Publication Date: February 1, 2004
- Language: English
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- Print Length: 306 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press (February 1, 2004)
- ASIN: B009U9S540
About the Author
Octavia Estelle Butler, often referred to as the “grand dame of science fiction,” was born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947. She received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena Community College, and also attended California State University in Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. During 1969 and 1970, she studied at the Screenwriter’s Guild Open Door Program and the Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop, where she took a class with science fiction master Harlan Ellison (who later became her mentor), and which led to Butler selling her first science fiction stories.
Butler’s first story, “Crossover,” was published in the 1971 Clarion anthology. Patternmaster, her first novel and the first title of her five-volume Patternist series, was published in 1976, followed by Mind of My Mind in 1977. Others in the series include Survivor (1978), Wild Seed (1980), which won the James Tiptree Award, and Clay’s Ark (1984).