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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
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Feb 21, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: 2013, alternate-history-speculative-fic, time-travel

I wanted to read more Octavia Butler as soon as I read one of her short stories, and I was definitely not disappointed. In Kindred, a modern African American woman is repeatedly compelled back through time to save the life of a white, slave-owning ancestor with whom she has a complicated relationship.

I often love time travel novels because the give such detailed, engrossing looks at historical events from the perspective of a modern person's experience. I realize that it's important not to take history out of context, but it's always compelling and almost always educational in a way that sticks when you can follow modern characters back in time. I'll have to think more about that later.

Meanwhile, the antebellum characters in this novel are definitely of their time. The setting is brutal, and the people are both just as human and inhumane as the real deal. I was compelled all the way through it, but I was relieved when the end came. Great read.
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Kathy Wheeler I love this book.


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