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Kindred by [Octavia E. Butler]
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Kindred utilizes the devices of science fiction in order to answer the question "how could anybody be a slave?" A woman from the twentieth century, Dana is repeatedly brought back in time by her slave-owning ancestor Rufus when his life is endangered. She chooses to save him, knowing that because of her actions a free-born black woman will eventually become his slave and her own grandmother. When forced to live the life of a slave, Dana realizes she is not as strong as her ancestors. Unable to will herself back to her own time and unable to tolerate the institution of slavery, she attempts to run away and is caught within a few hours. Her illiterate ancestor Alice succeeds in eluding capture for four days even though "She knew only the area she'd been born and raised in, and she couldn't read a map." Alice is captured, beaten, and sold as a slave to Rufus. As Dana is sent back and forth through time, she continues to save Rufus's life, attempting during each visit to care for Alice, even as she is encouraging Alice to allow Rufus to rape her and thus ensure Dana's own birth. As a twentieth-century African-American woman trying to endure the brutalities of nineteenth-century slavery, Dana answers the question, "See how easily slaves are made?" For Dana, to choose to preserve an institution, to save a life, and nurture victimization is to choose to survive. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Donna Nichols-White --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Octavia E. Butler is author of many novels, including Adulthood Rites and The Parable of the Sower. She is the winner of the Nebula Award and twice winner of the Hugo Award. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • Publication date : February 1, 2004
  • File size : 1234 KB
  • Publisher : Beacon Press (February 1, 2004)
  • Print length : 306 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • ASIN : B009U9S540
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Scarlet Aingeal
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm keen to read more by Octavia Butler, but I'm left with questions...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a powerful novel. It is intelligent and generates deep thought 5*
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has probably lost some of its impact
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5.0 out of 5 stars She watches a young and mostly innocent boy grow up to be all the terrible things a slave owner was
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4.0 out of 5 stars A horrific tale of time travel.
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