Friday, May 22, 2009


The first (and only) time I heard about Kindred by Octavia E. Butler was from Dewey's blog. I can't believe I'd never come across this book before, especially since I loved it so much that it might be my favorite read this year... Certainly one of my favorites anyway.

Kindred is the story of Dana, a black woman living in the 1970s, who on her 26th birthday somehow time travels to the antebellum South, with plantations, slaves, precursors to tje Ku-Klux Klan and everything. She eventually understands why this is happening to her and what her role is, but that knowledge doesn't make it any easier for a modern woman to take being treated like a slave, complete with whippings. It doesn't do wonders for her marriage to a white man either.

The story is original and beautifully written, plus the historical aspect is more than interesting. The author also asks some difficult questions about how easily we adapt to new places and circumstances... even if they are unthinkable to us at first.

Another one of those books that everyone should read!

Challenges: 999 Challenge, Dewey's Books, New Authors, Orbis Terrarum, Support your Local Library

P.S. The news I was waiting for is positive so I'm in a much better place. Thank you for all the warm words and wishes!


Lezlie said...

Ooooo!! I've been looking at this one, so I'm glad it's so good. And congratulations on your good news!


joanna said...

Thanks Lezlie. :-)
I think this book is exactly right for you, can't wait to read your thoughts on it!

susan said...

Kindred was my second Butler novel. I've since read several others. This novel was haunting and powerful. It affected me long after the read. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

Ana S. said...

This sounds absolutely fantastic. I've been meaning to read one of Butler's novels for a while, and I think this is the one I'll start with.

PS: I'm so glad your news were good :D

Unknown said...

The best book of the year so far? It must be good! I've added it to the wishlist!

Kailana said...

Congrats on your good news!

This book looks good, but I think I have others by her on my TBR that I should probably read first!

joanna said...

Susan - I agree, I'm still thinking about it!

Nymeth - I think you'll like it!

farmlanebooks - I hope you get to it soon, it's worth it!

Kailana - thanks! This was the only one I'd heard of, but I will certainly be reading of her.