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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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Dana, a black woman in 1976 California, is just settling into a new home with her husband. Out of nowhere, she begins to feel dizzy and nauseous, the room becomes a blur, and she then disappears in front of her husband's eyes. Suddenly she is in early 1800's Maryland, where she is first introduced to Rufus, a young white boy on the verge of drowning in a nearby river. She saves his life, and is then abruptly returned to her present-day California. But over the course of the next few days, she continues to return to slave-era Maryland, repeatedly encountering Rufus as he grows older, returning each time to save him from some dangerous situation. And life in Maryland in the 1800's is very different than 1976 California, especially if you're a black woman.

Though this book didn't enter my radar until a few years ago, it was quite distinctive when it was published in 1979, being quite groundbreaking in the fact that it was classified as science fiction written by a black woman. It is a difficult book to classify, as indeed it can be considered science fiction/fantasy due to the time travel element, but it also crosses boundaries into historical fiction and slave narrative.

I'm a bit of an outlier here, because while I enjoyed this book, I didn't absolutely love it as most readers have, and I can't quite put my finger on why that is. I enjoy books with a time travel element and I enjoy historical fiction, but for some reason the mix of the two in this case just didn't meld flawlessly for me. The portrayal of slave conditions was truly appalling and eye-opening. But there were some aspects (perhaps more in the present-day setting than in that of the past) that didn't seem fully realistic to me and/or other areas where I wanted more information which I never got. While I understand the link of the past and present in this case (sort-of spoiler: Rufus was an ancestor of Dana's), the mechanism of time travel didn't feel fleshed out and was choppy. I listened to this on audio, and while the reader, Kim Staunton, was very capable, I didn't always feel that her voice was "right" for the part of Dana.

It's surprising that this has not been adapted to the big (or small) screen yet, though I just recently read that FX has ordered a pilot, so we may still get to see one soon. I think as a movie or series this has the potential to be very powerful. ( )
  indygo88 | May 12, 2021 |
Interesting premise to look at the antebellum South, but the time travel gimmick was too blunt to fully suspend disbelief at first. The prose was messy at times and I kept reminding myself that Butler wrote this in the 70s when it felt like she was talking down to her readers (e.g., when she explains the mammy stereotype). An engaging read with a good range of characters. Rufus was most interesting – Butler both humanized his emotional fragility and used him to demonstrate slaveowner cruelty. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
The writing was good, and brought up many good reflections on slavery and humans. ( )
  Abiquail | Apr 24, 2021 |
My last -- and the BEST -- pick for 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt #2: An Afrofuturist book

It's one of the books that made me say, "WHY DIDN'T I READ THIS IMMEDIATELY???!!!"
Octavia Butler was the first name that appeared when I looked for anything Afrofuturistic, but I ignored her because I wanted to give chance to less popular authors/books. Now I understand the hype. The previous books I tried were lagging my reading pace and I couldn't get past the names I can't pronounce. I wanted to get over with this prompt and so I gave in to the ravings of its fans.
I daresay it's worth reading for, and I agree that it should be part of a required reading list in schools.
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  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
Creative and captivating storytelling, Kindred offers a unique way of looking at slavery in the Antebellum south through the eyes of a modern African American woman in the late 1970s. ( )
  elifra | Feb 15, 2021 |
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Octavia E. Butlerprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Crossley, RobertIntroductieSecundaire auteuralle 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
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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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