Kindred / Edition 1

Kindred / Edition 1

4.4 234
by Octavia E. Butler

ISBN-10: 0807083690

ISBN-13: 9780807083697

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

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 to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time

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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 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.

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Beacon Press
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Holt McDougal Library Series
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Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.81(d)
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 234 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.
Erica Johnson More than 1 year ago
i read this book in college and i couldnt put it down! i can read this book over and over again def a must read for your nook!
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.
Alisha Gadson More than 1 year ago
Octavia E. Butler's writing whisks her readers on a journey through time. You will find yourself pulled to page unable to tear away from this tale. This story reached out to me from a library shelf since then I have bought it as a gift or as a traveling companion. I highly reccomend you read it today!
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.
baconneggz More than 1 year ago
I absoulutely could not put this book down. Very good writing and story line. Definitly a page turner.
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.
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!
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book because my friend had it. It was great I couldnt put it down. Must read. It has a great story line. And very phenomenal.
Mzdooly More than 1 year ago
I loved the suspension, truelly captivating... Good Book! Omg!
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.
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The other reviews are correct. I could not put it down. I read this on my Nook and there was a problem with the charger, so I spent hours trying to find a repair shop to continue the book. What a great concept for a story. We in the present times often think we would never survive as slaves but this beautifully written book proves that we problably could. I will definitely read other books by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read book. Fantastic characters, storyline. Don't let the sci-fi label scare you away, this book transcends genre.