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Kindred

door Octavia E. Butler

Andere auteurs: Robert Crossley (Introductie)

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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.… (meer)
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Here's what I wrote in 2008 about this read: "Time travel back to the days of African American slavery. Interesting, and different approach to helping the moden American reader to consider the pains and inhumanities of the past (yes, there was another element, how one person will help perpetuate an institution in the spirit of self-preservation)." ( )
  MGADMJK | Nov 23, 2022 |
I don't really know how to review this book. It's an important book, but the first half of the book struggled to hold my attention. It wasn't until toward the end when I got invested in the story and the characters... but that doesn't change how important the book is. This is 100% a book worth reading. It has very difficult to read moments, and a neat concept, and I think it should replace some of the books currently on the required reading lists in school, because I think classroom discussion would help. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Nov 23, 2022 |
This was a hard read. I know what Butler was trying to do and it worked almost too well. Even just reading the fact that nigger was not a derogatory term in southern Maryland in 1815 was painful. I didn't know how I would get through the much, much, much harsher treatment of slaves, but I did. Dana, a modern woman from the 1970s, finds herself time-traveling back to pre-Civil War Maryland. At first it seems as if Dana is going back in time to protect the future of her very existence. It's much deeper than that. There were many themes introduced in Kindred. Probably the most profound theme surrounded literacy. The ability to read was controversial in the mid 1800s. Seen as a threat to whites, cherished as a secret communication for slaves, the ability to read symbolized power and a different form of freedom. Confessional: after Dana's first jump I was disturbed by her early acceptance of time travel. She wasn't as freaked out about time jumping between present day Los Angeles and slave era Maryland as I thought realistic. Add in the fact she accidentally took her white husband with her and a whole other dynamic gets introduced. Another confessional: I read this so fast I can barely remember the details except to say the violence stayed with me for a very long time, even if the entire plot didn't. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Oct 9, 2022 |
This book is a cross between Jack Finney’s time travel classic Time and Again and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Written in 1979 and set three years earlier, it tells the story of a young African American woman who is somehow transported back in time to a Maryland slave plantation decades before the Civil War. She was transported there (for want of a better word) to rescue a young white man, son of a slave-owner. One reviewer said that the time travel part of the story was the least important, which was probably true. In fact, the book does take a hard look at slavery, racism and sexism. But I for one cannot resist a good time travel tale, and this is one of them. ( )
  ericlee | Aug 27, 2022 |
3.5, rounded up.

A fresh and imaginative time-travel novel, which takes a 1970s black girl into the 1815 past of her ancestors and the days of slavery in Maryland. How her time travel is possible is not explained and there are some less-believable aspects of it (as if time travel should be logical?), but these do not detract from the story, because this is not a story about time-travel, this is a story about survival and hardship.

I thought Butler did a remarkable job of making all her characters realistic and interesting, and she delves into the complicated relationships between slaves and slave-owners and manages to make even the most inhumane of them human. I find it difficult to feel any strong emotion toward a caricature, so it mattered to me that the evil in people was not so overdone as to preclude belief and thus I could hate them. Particularly with one of the main characters from the past, I struggled with understanding how he could be compassionate and loving on one hand and cruel and self-centered on the other, but then I thought, that is how it must have been. There must have been parts of a person that they shut off both emotionally and intellectually in order to continue with such a reprehensible way of life.

My thanks to the Catching up on Classics group for selecting this as a group read. I feel sure I would never have picked it up otherwise, and it was quite a pleasant surprise. ( )
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Octavia E. Butlerprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Crossley, RobertIntroductieSecundaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Adébáyò, AyòbámiVoorwoordSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Gyan, DeborahArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Leon, JanaArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Nuenning, MirjamVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Otoo, Sharon DoduaVoorwoordSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Ross, RachelArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Rummel, PeterVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Schwinger, LaurenceArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Staunton, KimVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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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.

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