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by Octavia E. Butler, Robert Crossley

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ISBN-10: 0807083054

ISBN-13: 9780807083055

Pub. Date: 09/15/1988

Publisher: Beacon Press

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


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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Beacon Press
Publication date:
Blue Streak Series , #786
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.74(d)
580L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

The River12
The Fire18
The Fall52
The Fight108
The Storm189
The Rope240
Reader's Guide265
Critical Essay265
Discussion Questions285

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Kindred 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Kindred draws you to the deep south when slavery is a big issue. Dana is pulled out of her modern day time into the 1800, where she winds up in the deep south. She is pulled out of her time by a bratty white boy, Rufus. When Rufus is in trouble he pulls her to his rescue. Dana is mistaken as a runaway and put into slavery. When her life is threatened she can go home. This book draws your attention to the last page. I didn't want to put it down. It bridges the generaton gap. You will be entertained while educated on how slavery was such a big issue back then. I would reccomened this book to anyone and any age. I loved it.
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Jeana, a > middle schooler of the South, Kindred by: Octavia E. Butler: Exciting features, exhilarating qualities, and not a lot of boredom among the chapters; sounds like a book I would love to read. Kindred happens to be one of those. Young, Dana, a 23-year-old is sucked into her past to save her ancestors from danger. Though, every time she is brought to the past, her fear towards the perilous incidents that happen, makes her more uncertain on whether she'll ever make it back home. . Time. Time is the one thing that confuses Dana from the beginning. In this book, you will read and experience the harsh and degrading features of the 1800's that was filled with racism against blacks and the brutal beatings and rude remarks towards it's slaves. I strongly recommend this book for those who will understand these problems rationally around the ages of maybe 12 and above. If you intend to read this book, Kindred, I certainly hope that you enjoy this book, for it truly kept my fingers turning it's pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story takes place in LA, California during June of 1976 and in Maryland during the 1800¿s. Dana, the main character, has just moved to an apartment in LA with her husband Kevin, when she was pulled back in time to save distant white ancestor. Dana is a black woman, though she does know she has some white ancestors. These ¿time leaps¿ continue, though they only last a few hours in the modern time, she gets the full impact of the years she spends in the past, whether it¿s the memories of the injuries. This story shows the idea of slavery in the 1800¿s from a modern point of view. I liked the action in this book. I especially liked the part when Kevin was left behind. It was really tramatic! I reccomend this book for ages 13 and up. This book is not sutible for younger children because of strong language and some sexual situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book unlike other books started out very good in the beginning. It is about this young woman who is swept back into the past to save her great ancestors as a slave in the south. Dana is the main character¿s name, and she learns what it is like to live back in the 1800's. To Dana she would have never thought that slaves were treated this badly. If she doesn¿t save her ancestors she will never even exist! Dana keeps getting called back to the past when Rufus, one of her ancestors that she has to save, is about to die or even get hurt. When Dana gets scared she gets drifted somehow back to the future. One of the themes in this book is to never take anything for granted because people were treated very wrong with no rights and no freedom back then. Now we all are entitled to our own rights, but some of us don¿t have access to our own rights. This book has some harsh words in it, so I would recommend it for teens and adults through the ages of 13- any other age higher than that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As alluring and thought-provoking as Toni Morrison's Beloved, Kindred takes you on a mental trip of self-identity. For anyone who has contemplated their own lives, their being, and what connects them to the people they love or call family, Kindred is the book for you. As the sand of an hour-glass pouring from one end into the next, this story ties its protagonist of one time into the past. Read this book . . . take a look into your own conscience . . . then read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kindred is a fun read. I recommend anyone to read this book, especially for those who are interested in time travel and slavery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in middle school. I re-read it again while in high school. And now that I'm in college I have read it once again and my understanding of the book has changed very little. I believe that this is one of the books that makes history due to the simplicity of the plot and the overall excitement that is emmited throughout the entire novel. It's simply a book that one cannot detach himself from. I would strongly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, just by title, just seemed really interesting. I thought that it wasn't going to be that good because it was about slavery, but i was dead wrong. i love this book. i'm not a very big reader but i had to read this for my junior english class and after i read it i was surprised because this is pretty much one of the first books that i finished. and that i wanted to read again. i would recommomend this book to many other people and they loved it too...i hope that people that read it love it like i did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is thought provoking and it stimulates the mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book kindred was terrific i started reading it for my junior english class with mrs.heise i was dreading reading it until i started and then i didn't want to put it down. It was very educational on slavery i just didn't like the end of how the story ended there could have been another way out. But,octavia butler was a great writer for this book i'll probably read it 2 more times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is so interesting. I finished reading the book in a week. I had an exciting time reading the book, and didn't want to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havent finsihed this book yet. But the book was just so good that I just can't wait to finish reading it. This book is good for any age group. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book for my 11th grade GT English project, Ive read it 3 times afterwards!! Miss Butler truly has quite and imagination!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book before. When I was in High School as a Junior. My English teacher Mrs. Benskin gave it as an assignment. But when I started to read it. I happened to finish it that same day. I didn't even realize how fast I was reading. It made you want to know what happens at the end. I recommend this to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my fourth copy of this book. Every time I lend it out to someone they give it to someone else and then it is gone! I have lent it to all ages: from highschool to my eighty year old grandmother, and all have loved this book. Probably one of the best books I have read in a long time. It's so good, someone should recommend it to Oprah.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi , my name is Monee, I am a senior attending a high school in Los Angeles, California. Recently finished reading the book 'Kindred' by Octavia Butler. I read the book because it was recommeded, but later discovered I wanted to read it for myself. I walked into the bookstore with my list of books. Browsing through the list I came across the word Kindred and decided to check it out. Reviewing the cover with a black women who had pain written all over her face standing in front of a dark but soft purple background, I decided to purchase it. I am a person who does not enjoy reading. That same day I bought the book, I went into my room and read the first page and from there I read it untill it was finished.( it only took me a week to read the 264 page book). Some books are interesting to me and others are not. Reading 'Kindred' made me want to read more books by Mrs.Butler. The selection pursuaded me that not all books are boring. I loved Mrs. Butlers' book 'Kindred'. Her comparisons of reality and past events made me take a look at how blacks and whites interact with each other in the twenty-first century. Dana was a confident black women in the 1970's, but when she traveled mysteriously into the 1770's of the ole'south she was striken with a relality test. I can compare myself to Mrs.Butlers' character Dana. Dana is a strong black women who had to do things to survive in her new enviroment. In my own experiences I have also had to learn how to adjust to better my situations. The only difference between me and Dana is that her stuggles were personal. Meaning life or death occurences. In my case they were battles of trying to make myself better in life. I recommend this book to all ages. I immediatly got into the book beacause of the descriptive adventures between Dana and her great-great ancesters. I loved the book and belive that people will be intimidated by the number of pages but by the time you finish reading it you want more chapters of time travels. Hey, maybe the book will also make you realize reading is not that bad!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While being assigned to read one of many novels for my Honors English, freshman high school class, my friends and I chose 'Kindred.' As I began reading the book, I felt as though I had truely made the wrong decision, and the book was extreamly not at all my type. As the second chapter arose, I was so into the book I couldn't for a second put it down. The intense struggles of a African American woman; Dana, being sent back in time to save her ancestor truely facinated me. This is a wonderful book, and remember: Not only not to judge a book by it's cover, but also... don't take the first bite and consider it done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When was the last time you found teenagers unwilling to get up to leave the class once the bell rang? This is the effect that reading Kindred had on my high school students. I found them in the halls in- between classes reading the book! Octavia Butler is now one of the English Department's favorite authors. Kindred takes you to another time in history and makes you feel you are living it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is awesome, it a life changing story.I found myself caught up in this book,it made me understand what it meat to be a slave,something that I couldn't have survived.this book is a real sci-fi,you got to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Octavia Bulter's use of flashback allows the reader to gain access to the slave narratives of the 19th century in a visceral way. Her use of the shifting of time sequences are presented in such a way that the suspension of disbelief is not difficult. Butler masterfully weaves into the subtext modern questions of inter racial marriage and the question of miscegenation. Although not explicitly addressed in the text, Ms. Butler makes it clear that we are not far from the days on the plantation in our attitudes on race.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most enchanting novels i have ever read. It really describes the brutal world of slavery, physically and mentally. This is a must read for every American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great because of its literary techniques that they used. It was sad yes, but you have to realize that this really happened in the US. Butler uses details that makes images so vivid and so alive.