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Kindred / Edition 1

Kindred / Edition 1

by Octavia E. Butler, Robert Crossley
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The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807083697
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 02/01/2004
Series: Holt McDougal Library Series
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 204
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)

About the Author

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, andParable of the Sower. She was the recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Nebula Award, and she twice won the Hugo Award.

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Kindred 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 202 reviews.
nattylight More than 1 year ago
I was given this book for Christmas and I was a little skeptical of it at first, but once I started reading it, i could not put it down!! The first few sentences had me HOOKED. I think the story plot is absolutely fantastic and very creative! This book has it all. Its romantic at times, but can also be very exciting at others. The way the book was written and how it was broken up into small sections really helps you get through it very fast. You always say to yourself, maybe just one more section, one more section and before you know it the book is finished! I also think that the whole idea of a black woman going back in time to help her white ancestor stay alive so her family line wouldn't be destroyed is so original! great book!!
happyreaderKK More than 1 year ago
This was on Barnes and Nobel Recommended. I thought it was better than the time travelers wife plus it gives you a perspective of the history of slaves. How brave they were and what they endured. Good read.
J-bookclubber More than 1 year ago
When Dana is transported back to the early 1800s, this late twentieth century woman meets her great-grandfathers(2,3 or 4X great-grandparents.) The problem is that Dana is a 26 year old black woman from California and Rufus is a small white child living on his father's plantation in Maryland. Rufus and his parents treat her as a slave, but Dana has always been free. Her modern mindset is all wrong for the time when Rufus was alive and it puts her in great danger---especially her ability to read and write. Her goal is to help Rufus-and herself-- survive until he fathers her great-great-grandmother. The plot is great and the conflicts are very powerful. This reminds me of Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin(about a white man who disguised himself as a black man), which I read about 35 years ago. These books make the reader so aware of the injustices of slavery and discrimination. If Dana hadn't known her own family history, she would not have had such a strong reason to time travel. If it had happened to me, I would have been asking Rufus' parents for their family histories--to put more branches on my family tree!
Skynme More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I couldnt put it down I just had to see what happened next. I went back and forth about reading it for awhile. Im so glad I read it.
steveforbertfan More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book for the first time and being blown away by it. The story, the characters, the era... just fascinating. Quickly this author became my favorite and I read all of her works. Unfortunately she died after her last novel, Fledgling.

I actually bought the audio and have "reread" it numerous times.

I am not going to give any of the plot away, just to say that this is the best time travel novel since Time and Again by jack Finney.

I doubt you will be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I enjoyed it so much that I just did not want it to end. I am a big fan of historical fiction and this is my favorite book!
dabuda1 More than 1 year ago
I could not put down this novel. I am going to try another of her novels as soon as I can.
NeoNZee More than 1 year ago
This book takes you on an adventure. I don't want to give it away, but you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually HATE fiction. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! Let's put it this way. I named my dog Rufus. Seriously. You must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. Im a big fan of historicial fiction, but this book was unlike any other book Ive read. There was never a moment where I willingly put it down. When I finally finished, I was happy for the characters, but sad for myself... A must read, many times!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great sci-fi historical fiction novel. Personally, I hate historical fiction, but this was, well, amazing. Octavia E. Butler joins both in an unimaginable way, making this novel so memorable. I've already read the book twice and I bought it a month ago. I was so surprised at how good the book was! THIS IS A MUST READ!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We had to read this for school. I completely understand why. This book deals with historical, political, and social issues of the ante bellum south in comparison to more modern days. Written over thirty years ago, this has been reprinted and should continue to be reprinted for decades. A beautifully-written classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first page of the book i was captured... i could not put the book down...and when i did stop reading i would keep thinking about what would happen next in the book. i would totally recommend anyone to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read several books by Miss Butler and this one is so powerful, it's hard to believe it's the author's first novel. I highly recommend KINDRED!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school and was captured from the very beginning. The only downfall of Kindred was that it had a very anticlimactic ending. This was disappointing to me after the rest of the book had been so good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They gave me this book as an assignment, and I thought 'Man this book is gonna be boring' but when i read the 1st chapter I got addicted to it, i couldn't put it down. It's so interesting.
evelin1112 More than 1 year ago
June 6, 1976, Dana, a black woman celebrates her birthday with her husband. When she starts feeling sick and is taken back to antebellum South in 1815. A white child, Rufus, a plantation owner son gets himself into trouble. Dana has to travel back to the slavery times to protect Rufus. In this book there is a lot of conflict. Both internal and external. Dana has to be carefull. One wrong move and that can be the day that she experiences slavery in the flesh. She not only has to “be a slave” but she has to be courageous and confident that she will make it back home in 1976. This book has meant many different things to me. Knowing how it was when colored people had to belong to whites. This book gives different perspective of how it was and that not all whites were rude and disrespectful. Kindred is the book that you will want to got to when you are looking for something incredibly great to read. I read this my freshmen year, and got a lot of understanding about how much courage, strength, hope to be a slave. This is just a book you would not want to miss out on reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review: KindredImagine going back in time to your ancestors and seeing them suffer. The book Kindred by Octavia E. Butler is an interesting book because is a type of historical and science fiction book. Dana one of the main characters goes back in time to the 10th century. Dana is a 26 year old woman who is married to a white man and lives in the 19th century. She lives in New York and it was her birthday when she first experienced her time traveling. It seems that she only goes back in time when her ancestor Rufus needs her help with a problem. Rufus is a little boy the first time she goes back in time, but he grows throughout the book. Rufus comes from a slave owner and the reason why she wants to help him is to change his thoughts on african americans. She doesn’t want him to be like his father, Mr. Weilyn. Dana’s husband somehow went back in time with her and he pretended to be her owner.  The author’s purpose is to teach us about slavery in a different more interesting way.The plot of this book is riveting because it has you wondering was going to happen next. It can also be authentic because it seems real I can picture them do the things they are doing. The main characters of the book are Dana and Rufus, their relationship grows throughout the book. It was kind of a difficult to keep their friendship since Dana was african american and Rufus was white but they maintained it. Rufus had to treat her like they would treat any other african american and she had to call him mister Rufus. He had her back though he made her stay over at his house once. He was trustworthy to her. The book had lots of descriptive imagery because the author uses lots of language to make us visualize a picture in our mind like when Dana went to save Rufus from the river I pictured it in my head. It also had dialogue in it but it was not that good, the dialogue was too long and not interesting. It also did have figurative language but the best one to me was descriptive imagery because I could of really pictured it in my head, almost all the interesting things that happened throughout the book. I rate this book as a 4 star because is really good. It actually gets the readers attention and you can picture the things going on in the book in your head. I won’t rate it as a 5 star book because it is not the type of book I like to read but if you're interested in knowing some history in this fictional book I suggest you read it. Other than that I did like the book and enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
  Reading Kindred is a thrilling journey through time. The novel Kindred by Octavia E. Butler is about an African-American woman named Dana Franklin who lived in Los Angeles, California in 1979 with her husband Kevin Franklin who is white. Dana travels back in time to the early 1800s because her distant relative named Rufus Weylin calls her whenever he is in trouble. Dana tries to change Rufus’s ways and mindset about African- Americans during the times she travels into that era. Dana is forced to act like a slave and be treated like any other slave during the time she is in that time period. Through Kindred, readers are able to see the treatment slaves would get and how it would be for modernized people if they were to go back to this era.  Kindred is filled with plot twists, which helps keep readers entertained because every time Dana time travels we never know what to expect. It’s almost mysterious in a way because we never know what to expect in her visits to the 1800 century and I think this is part of the fact that we do not know much of the slave history in America. Butler attempts to educate us about the slave’s suffering through Kindred and she does this by writing about slave beatings quite straightforward in a way that leaves us stunned by the things that are happening to them. Kindred is an incredibly clever novel because it lets readers see time travel in a whole new perspective plus Butler adds history into her novel which introduces us to a new riveting way of learning. Octavia E. Butler does an amazing job being quite detailed in every character's personality. Dana is a quite relatable character due to the fact that she is modernized like ourselves and she has reactions most of us would have if we were forced into slavery. The second main character, Rufus, has a quite complex and unique personality because he is from a different era and his perspective is different than ours when it comes to African- Americans. Rufus starts off as an innocent boy who is racist due to his society that’s surrounding him, Rufus is good at heart but his society changes him as he gets older. Tom Weylin, Rufus’s father, is a unique character that is quite complex. Tom is the typical 1800 century white man who thinks low of African- Americans and believes they were only born to become slaves. Tom Weylin is complex in a way that he has an abolitionist mind set and although Butler does not talk about him much, we are able to get a sense of his thoughts through his words and actions. The book Kindred is mostly focused around the early 1800s and this gives an insight of life during this time. It is quite unique how Butler uses her writing techniques to let us visualize everything that Dana is going through and feel what she is feeling. For example we are able to visualize how Dana time travels thanks to Butler’s detailed writing. The vocabulary that she uses is very unique and does an excellent job of letting us feel her confusion as she travels back and forth through time. As she explains Dana’s dizziness and how everything just seems to disappear, the readers are able to get a sense of what Dana is seeing and we are able to get into her shoes while we read. Apart from Butler’s explicit writing, it’s very interesting when we follow Dana back in time to the 1800s and the character’s speeches are a resemblance of old Southern English. We are able to find times when Dana, who uses modernize English, clashes with the characters of the 1800’s making Kindred a more authentic reading. I absolutely recommend this book because of the story line from beginning to end, the reader will really feel a bond between the characters. From one event to another, in the book we truly  see the characters grow in personality and in their being. As the reader follows Dana’s journey, they can stay glued into this book for hours with the anticipation of finding out what will happen next. Butler did an incredible job in making sure Kindred is authentic, clever, and riveting in such a way that any fan of history or science- fiction will agree that it is the best combination of both put into one amazing novel. 
KDavio More than 1 year ago
A+ written story; A+ storyline; A+ characters This book will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading it. It is unique and sooo well written. As a reader you are not sure what will happen next; what you will learn; or where the path will lead you; or how you will feel about it. (Unfortunately rare these days.) Do you like/love/hate/understand/forgive Rufus? Will you cheer/boo/criticize/judge Dana? Will you cry for Kevin/Issac/Sarah/Alice? Do yourself a favor and pick up this book for your permanent library.
ChrisTR More than 1 year ago
"Kindred" is an amazing novel. It is borderline historical drama and science fiction, but there are no clear indications on where fiction and nonfiction begins and ends. It is a neo-slave narrative, borrowing some of its forms but adding a thicker layer of truth than Douglass or Jacobs were ever able to do in the societies in which they were published. It is heartbreaking, loving, informative, and highly inspirational. It literally transports you from the present into the past. If you want to get a glimpse of slavery and prefer reading relaxed prose over reading the technical language of research books, then this book is definitely for you.
Pamthedreamer More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible! Best time travel; historical fiction EVER! I was surprised the original was first published in 1979. How come I hadn't heard of it? The character, Dana's transitions into the past and then to the present again were so real-so believable. I can't tell you much about the book because you just HAVE TO READ IT! Try to do it on a day that you don't have to get up and go to work or school early the next day. Just a friendly warning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was superbly written. It draws you into the past and the characters were so multi-dimensional. It's a mixture of reality based fiction with a touch of science fiction thrown into the mix. A real MUST READ!!!
miamagoo More than 1 year ago
A very different way to approach a "new slave" book by having a modern day African American married to a white man in 1976 suddenly, and inexplicably travel back in time to the antebellum south. Octavia focuses the book on the impact her "appearances" on a southern plantation has on the cast of very rich characters, and on the profound impact the experiences have on her and leaves the vehicle of travel (time travel) devoid of explanation. That, in itself, catapults this book to great literature and not science fiction.