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Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In , she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant. After her father died, Butler was raised by her widowed mother. Extremely shy as a child, Octavia found an outlet at the library reading fantasy, and in writing.
She began writing science fiction as a teenager. She attended community college during the Black Power movement, and while participating in a local writer's workshop was encouraged to attend the Clarion Workshop, which focused on science fiction. She soon sold her first stories and by the late s had become sufficiently successful as an author that she was able to pursue writing full-time. Her books and short stories drew the favorable attention of the public and awards judges.
She also taught writer's workshops, and eventually relocated to Washington state. Butler died of a stroke at the age of Her papers are held in the research collection of the Huntington Library. Write a Review. Create a free account to discover what your friends think of this book! Community Reviews. Search review text. Displaying 1 - 30 of 19, reviews. Emily May. Us, the childrenï¿½ I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.
This book may be my first by her, but it won't be my last. Kindred is a fascinating, horrific journey through a dark time in American history , combining eye-opening historical research with time travel. I suppose some modern readers will want to compare this story to Outlander and there are some similarities - a woman trying to survive in the past, lots of blood-soaked history and horror, the harsh realities of being who you are in that time - but not only did this book come first, but it is far more distressing, more tied in with historical truth, and way more about surviving than it is about lusty scenes with a kilted hot dude.
It's a really important "what if" book about race. The book doesn't shy away from portraying the realities of that nothing is sugar-coated, be prepared for some upsetting scenes. But it's also more than a gruesome look at historical racism and violence. There are many complex and interesting characters - both slaves and slave owners. Butler has written a book that goes deeper than surface level, exploring how people come to accept slavery as the norm and to justify poor treatment of slaves.
Dana is horrified how easy it is. And so was I. Kindred is so good because, not only is it well-written and emotionally effective, but it also manages to be several different important things: complex historical-fiction, intriguing science-fiction, and a memoir of slavery. For a novel so obviously fictional, it feels very real and true. Maybe because, sadly, most of it is.
I know this is one book that will stay with me for a long time. Rick Riordan. Author books k followers. I was not disappointed. It is amazing that this book was written in and feels just as fresh and timely in Dana, a young African American woman who has just started a career as a writer in California, is suddenly and inexplicably yanked back in time to Maryland in , where she must save a white boy named Rufus from drowning.
This becomes only the first of many time traveling episodes for Dana. She quickly realizes that Rufus is one of her own ancestors, mentioned in the family Bible. Somehow, they are connected across time because they are kindred. Unfortunately, Rufus gets in a lot of trouble.
Only moments pass in the modern world each time Dana is called away, but months or even years pass in the world of The novel is a potent metaphor for the modern African American experience and the American experience in general. We may be lulled into the feeling that we have advanced, that we have made progress as a society.
But at any moment, we may be yanked back into the past and reminded of where we came from. That heritage of slavery, exploitation and racism is an integral part of our national identity, and it is never far below the surface.
It can overcome us in an instant. Like Dana, we must be constantly on guard, well-equipped and ready to be yanked out of our supposedly modern and enlightened existence to deal with the ugliest parts of our nature.
We are kindred with the Americans of , whether we like it or not. Emily Books with Emily Fox. First book by the author but it won't be my last!
Update: Dying to watch the show but I live in Canada :. Lala BooksandLala. I stand by what I wrote about the novel but I might have been too aggressive which is not really me. However, people found their thoughts in my review so it is going to stay. Please do not take this review as personal attack if you liked this novel as it is not meant to be. What came first, the badly written book or the reading slump? Hard questions to answer but one thing is certain. I only did it because of my rating rule and because I wanted to bitch about it.
So here it is again the time for an unpopular opinion. I understand it is written by a woman of color in a time when it was an extraordinary accomplishment. I get and admire that. I also get that she had an agenda to prove how easily one can accept slavery, even in our modern world. However, the above is not a relevant excuse for bad writing, cartoonish characters, poorly conceived plot and ridiculous dialogue. Also, the use of time travel had nothing to do with SF, there was no explanation of the phenomenon, and it felt only as a lazy gimmick to prove her point.
Yes, others used it as well but better, in my opinion. We are in America, a young black woman is married with a white man and she suddenly starts to repeatedly go back in time in the antebellum South so she can save a child and later young man who proves to be her ancestor. It quickly becomes obvious that she has to save him every time he is in trouble, otherwise she would not exist in the present time.
So far so good, the premise sounds interesting. Too bad the execution was poor. Firstly, the two pair accepted way to easy the time travelling part.
The same happened with the people in the past. You tell me that a person in the 19th century would not freak out and try to murder any source of such an abomination? The dialogues between the husband and wife after the first two times she comes back are laughable. I would lose control of myself it that happened, screaming my ass into a mental hospital.
Later, when they both land in the past, I could not believe how easily they get used to the roles they had to play there, her as a slave and him as the white master. And to convinced Alice that is ok to be raped so you can surviveï¿½. I disliked all the characters, especially Dana and her detachment; the author did not make me feel anything except annoyance.
Miranda Reads. Like, literally disappeared. One minute she was there and the next minute she was rescuing a drowning white boy. And when she turns around, she gets called the n-word by his parents as they demand an explanation for a slave to be out and about like she is. And then she zips back to the future to her white husband. Shocked, shaken and disturbed , Dana slowly realizes that the child she rescued, Rufus, is her many times great ancestor.
And as she begins to disappear again, she realizes that in order for her to stay alive, she's going to have to survive these time-jumps long enough to keep her ancestor alive. She means the devil with people who say you're anything but what you are. This is one for the ages. This book was truly incredible. And awful. And gut-wrenching. And heart-breaking. It was the first science fiction work written by a black woman and she truly knocked it out of the park.
I am truly struggling with my descriptions - all I really have to say is check it out. You can read all the history books in the world but nothing hits quite like a story set on a slave plantation in the s. Octavia Butler is an amazing writer. Kindred, first published in , would become her most best-selling novel. This is also a painful book to read because of its graphic depiction of slavery and Butler wastes no time in demonizing what was demonic.
Butler shows us, though, that we as a nation and a people are bound, as kindred, between races and with a shared history. Multi-lingual with French predominant among the diplomats I found the people I met worldly, intelligent, generous and interesting to talk to ï¿½ and they were singularly not American. I think this was the first time I had met a large group of people from another continent and the idea struck me how much closer I was to my black neighbors than I was to these people I had just met.
Butler adeptly reveals in Kindred, in multiple ways, the many degrees of our shared humanity. But more narrowly, Butler is pointing out our kinship as Americans, dates like and July 4th must be intentional, how the shared history of slavery ï¿½ between black Americans and white Americans ï¿½ has bound us together. Butler also, once again, has created a strong female protagonist in Dana whose endurance and courage are remarkable, made more evident by the fact that she has a unique viewpoint.
Dana, in some respects, becomes a symbol of a present-day African-American woman, both made stronger from her heritage, but also still bearing the wounds of past wrongs. Introspective and somber, with many questions that remain unanswered, Kindred is a powerful work told by an artist of genius ability.
Octavia Butler amazes me. She writes science fiction that is full of complicated ideas about race and sexuality that are completely readable. A recent read of Dawn inspired a number of recommendations for Butler and a buddy read of her book Kindred. Because 1 gramazon can't have my reviews, 2 because I don't feel like being censored according to some twit's whims. It is a good and powerful, exciting and educational book. I hoped that composing my thoughts would make me see it in a more favourable light - and it has.
Perhaps I just read it too fast to digest it properly. Kindred One word, seven letters, but several interpretations, all with emotional impact. One race: the human race. Race as a social construct. See Live Science and Bill Nye. Plot - No Spoilers The book is easy to summarise in a way that gives no more spoilers than the first three pages and back cover.
This happens several times, over twenty years of 19th century time, with the usual issues and dilemmas of time travel, but that is just the mechanism for depicting the horrors of slavery, and the complex power and sexual relationships that result, as well as exploring the source of hatred nature versus nurture , acquiescence, revenge, and the types and possibility of redemption and freedom.
Kindred is more historical and political adventure than sci-fi. And the ending is satisfying, but not ludicrously sentimental or tidy. Owning and Being Owned In , Dana is proud of her independence, having repeatedly fought to do what she wanted, rather than settle for what was expected.
In the 19th century, she has to consider the terrifying risks and consequences of striving for even a tiny bit of independence. The power-play between master and slave can acquire aspects of Stockholm Syndrome.
Although the story is told by Dana and she is the central character, at least as important is Rufus Weyland, son of the plantation owner.
The way his attitude and behaviour change as he grows up is echoed in the more recent The Help , though it is more complex here. She sees the bad in him and occasionally slivers of good. Does that make it OK? Just an ordinary man who sometimes did the monstrous things his society said were legal and proper.
Dana is confronted by this dilemma in a more direct and personal way. She wants to teach Rufus to think of and treat his slaves kindly, but as his views become darker and more complicated, her opinion of him is ever more conflicted - exacerbated by the power he has over her. In , she is assumed to be a slave just because of her colour, all the more inferior because she's female. But the fact she talks white and educated causes confusion, resentment, and conflict.
And she comes to realise that even in , she is not entirely free of her heritage, despite her relative detachment from it though she has read at least some of her ten books about black history even before she has a specific need to do so. There are similar questions for many other characters, especially slaves who consider running away in the hope of freedom or death , those who stay because they want to keep their children, and those who trade privilege and suffering such as sleeping with a boss they hate to have slightly gentler conditions.
I could write a whole review about her husband, Kevin: how he - and their marriage - is changed by her experiences, and his. But I won't this time; it's interesting and important, but secondary. The other huge aspect is ancestry, and how that defines one's identity, both in terms of racial identity, but also in terms of character. What if you are appalled by who and what your forebears do are and do? An issue those who research their family trees often have to face.
Words and Language This is a book you read for the ideas and story, rather than the language. Given the setting, it would be bizarre if it were not. On October 5, , Octavia E. Butler visited my graduate university to give a lecture and book signing. I was really impressed by her. She actually spent several hours at the university, giving a public interview with one of the professors, then a short lecture to a large auditorium, then a book signing.
I even skipped class in order to attend. The interview was really fascinating, where Butler answered questions about how she worked to write Kindred and how she felt about the characters and how the result all turned out.
The professor kind of threw Butler for a loop once, when she pulled an interpretation of the book out of left field, and Butler blinked, and slowly said she didn't write with that interpretation at all in mind, but that she was of the opinion that any interpretation the reader reaches is a valid one.
I thought she handled the question particularly well. In the lecture, Butler talked mostly about how she writes, her writing style, her relationship with her fans, and the book she was currently writing, Fledgling. Butler had lots of professors and awestruck students who were all trying to catch her attention.
I got my book signed, said a polite thank you, and left happy. Fledgling turned out to be the last book Butler wrote. She died unexpectedly in early I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to meet her. The book: Was good. A time-traveling story dealing with love, gender, race, racism, and responsibility.
It was beautifully and rather painfully done. Julie G. Butler's biography could just break your damn heart. Her father died when she was 10, she had no siblings, her family was poor. From the recent bits and pieces I researched, as I started this novel, I gathered that her romantic life was either private or nonexistent.
Was she gay? As far as I could tell, she had substantial medical issues and lived with her mother, and died, far too young, at 58, of a stroke. Butler's online photo gallery.
And yet. This is so extraordinary to me, my closeted sci-fi self has always rejoiced, just knowing that Ms. Butler's work was still out there for me to explore.
In fact, while I was researching titles for this figurative road trip of mine, I set aside my devotion to one of my all-time favorite writers, Anne Tyler, to give Ms. Conceptually: fantastic! A twenty-something Black woman, married to an older white man in the s, disappears from her new house in California and time travels to to a plantation near Baltimore, Maryland.
The reader isn't given any more info than that. Dana, our time traveling protagonist, appears to be connected to the slave owners in Maryland, and, similar to Henry from The Time Traveler's Wife , you are asked merely to suspend your disbelief that this can happen. Just one piece you need to buy into: Dana time travels and, unlike poor Henry from TTTW , she does not arrive naked at her next destination.
What Ms. Butler imagined here is juicy and delicious. When her husband grabs on to her arm and travels with her on her a later journey, the plot thickens. What a crazy idea, to throw this couple and their modern ideology into the Southern cookpot. So much could happen here!! Not only that, the dialogue here is some of the worst I've ever encountered. Nobody talks like this to each other, and certainly not two romantic partners.
I did not experience one page of this read without thinking: this is a book. I'm reading a book. I never, not once, felt as though I had emerged into this world.
This novel lacked authentic dialogue, character development, and depth. I felt like I was in a world of cardboard cutouts for characters and poster boards for scenery. I had no idea what Kindred is about prior to reading it, I previously read Octavia Butler's Wild Seed and thought it was marvelous, and Kindred seems to be her most popular work judging by Goodreads ratings.
So buying a copy of Kindred without knowing anything about it was a no-brainer. I even deliberately avoided looking at the book's synopsis before hand, I just wanted to get to know the book as I read on. I hoped for a pleasant surprise, which I did get. This is only the second Octavia Butler book I have read and I already worship her.
Kindred is about Dana, an African American woman who finds herself time travelling involuntarily to Maryland in the early nineteenth century. It is not explained how or why this happen to her, the mechanic of it is entirely irrelevant to the story.
The novel is about her experience of slavery in the past. Her fate becomes intertwined with Rufus, a white ancestor who is the only son of a plantation owner and who somehow triggers her time traveling trips every time he is in mortal danger, a situation that arises more frequently to him than to most people. While there she experiences the woes of slavery first hand, including whipping, beating, degradation and humiliation.
This is a harrowing and emotional read, I almost cry manly tears during some of the chapters. I never pondered what it may have been like to be a slave, it is not exactly a contingency which is at all likely to ever arise. However, Ms Butler - genius that she was - made me feel it through the eyes of her protagonist. The pains and humiliation of slavery resonates with me even though there ought to be nothing to resonate.
I kind of winced every time a stroke of a whip is described. This is not a comfortable read but highly engrossing and thought provoking. The book is very much character-centric, the relationship between Dana and Rufus is very complex and fascinating.
Dana's husband Kevin who also become embroiled in time traveling and is marooned in the nineteenth century for years without his wife adds to her complications, his reaction to returning to the present time is entirely believable and again resonates strongly. The book reminds me a little of Connie Willis's excellent Doomsday Book , which is about time travelling to the fourteenth century and also a harrowing yet wonderful read, though the emphasis of that book is on poverty, hardship and diseases rather than slavery.
The involuntary time traveling aspect of the book reminds me of Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife , though Kindred predates it, and Kindred is certainly not a romantic book.
Octavia Butler was not one of those literary writers who try to avoid the science fiction label like the plague even while using sf tropes in their works, she has always loved sf and gladly embraced the genre see photo below.
That said, Kindred is also not science fiction. The author described it as a "grim fantasy" and deliberately did not put any science in it, it is described by some literary critics as a "neo-slave narrative".
I did consider why the book was written as a fantasy or almost sf instead of historical fiction, then I realised that it was probably done so the modern reader can experience the nineteenth century Maryland through the protagonist's contemporary eyes, this makes the book very visceral.
While the book was written to make the reader ponder some serious issues such as man's inhumanity to man, inequality and courage in an environment where you are made to feel worthless, at no point did I feel like being lectured to.
The author knows the importance of communicating through the story, and I was completely swept away by it. Whatever I read next will likely suffer from being compared to this book. This goes in my all-time greats list. Butler told In Motion Magazine in that a lot of the motivation behind her novel Kindred "came when I was in preschool, when my mother used to take me to work with her.
The novel argues for the courageousness of people existing under unimaginable circumstances, as Dana makes compromises in order to survive slavery. Butler's own mother was a housemaid, and many of Butler's earliest memories were of the degradations her mother endured at work.
She told In Motion that witnessing the racism her mother put up with in order to bring Butler a better life helped inspire much of Kindred's message: "I got to see her not hearing insults and going in back doors, and even though I was a little kid, I realized it was humiliating.
I knew something was wrong, it was unpleasant, it was bad. I remember saying to her a little later, at seven or eight, "I'll never do what you do, what you do is terrible. I think it was the look and the memory of the indignities she endured.
I just remembered that and wanted to convey that people who underwent all this were not cowards, were not people who were just too pathetic to protect themselves, but were heroes because they were using what they had to help their kids get a little further.
The book is written to describe the old and backward American society. A society full of hatred, slavery, racism, violence, and racial discrimination. The book shows some fantastic scenes of a writer named dana going back in time and saving a white boy named Rufus from drowning.
Rufus turns out to be her ancestor. She keeps going back in time and coming back from there. As she continues going back and forth, time passes by.
She tries to keep Rufus out of trouble to let her family tree bloom, but troubles are always at the corner. The layout and design of the book are fascinating. The way the story is written gives the reader an experience that he can always remember. The writing style of the book is unique that develops an interest for the reader to read.
The book takes its reader through a mesmerizing ride of unfortunate events full of thrill, horror, suspense, hatred, love, care, and violence that he will always remember in his unconscious. The book also describes the old, ugly, and chaotic American society.
The book is a must-read for everyone. It contains so much in it that the more you read, the better it gets. You can get the ebook pdf free from here.
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It tells the story of a young black woman, Dana, who is living in California in the s. She is suddenly transported back in time to the antebellum South, where she meets her ancestor, Kindred. Together, they must grapple with the brutal realities of slavery and learn to forge their own destiny. She is a writer and has a husband, Kevin, who is also a writer. Dana has always been interested in her family history and has been researching her ancestors for some time. One day, Dana suddenly finds herself transported back in time to the antebellum South.
She arrives in the year , on a plantation called Kindred. Dana soon realizes that she has been brought back in time for a reason ï¿½ to save the life of her ancestor, Kindred. Together, Dana and Kindred must face the brutal realities of slavery and learn to forge their own destiny.
They form a deep bond as they grapple with the challenges of their situation. The book has also been adapted into a graphic novel. Octavia E. Butler was an African-American science fiction writer. She was born on June 22, , in Pasadena, California. Her father died when she was young, and she was raised by her mother and grandmother.
Butler began writing science fiction in her early twenties. Her first novel, Kindred, was published in
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