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di Octavia E. Butler

Altri autori: Robert Crossley (Introduzione)

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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 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.… (altro)
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3.5, rounded up.

A fresh and imaginative time-travel novel, which takes a 1970s black girl into the 1815 past of her ancestors and the days of slavery in Maryland. How her time travel is possible is not explained and there are some less-believable aspects of it (as if time travel should be logical?), but these do not detract from the story, because this is not a story about time-travel, this is a story about survival and hardship.

I thought Butler did a remarkable job of making all her characters realistic and interesting, and she delves into the complicated relationships between slaves and slave-owners and manages to make even the most inhumane of them human. I find it difficult to feel any strong emotion toward a caricature, so it mattered to me that the evil in people was not so overdone as to preclude belief and thus I could hate them. Particularly with one of the main characters from the past, I struggled with understanding how he could be compassionate and loving on one hand and cruel and self-centered on the other, but then I thought, that is how it must have been. There must have been parts of a person that they shut off both emotionally and intellectually in order to continue with such a reprehensible way of life.

My thanks to the Catching up on Classics group for selecting this as a group read. I feel sure I would never have picked it up otherwise, and it was quite a pleasant surprise. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
I liked this book a lot, it was very intriguing and had a lot of plot twists and was able to keep my interest for the most part. Some critiques I have about this book though are that it was a bit confusing. I did not always know what was happening. I also did not like the ending because I felt it ended very abruptly and did not make a lot of sense. It was very mild and boring. But overall pretty good book. ( )
  TrinityYouth | Aug 9, 2022 |
An amazing book.

A black woman in 1976 California is sent back in time to a slave plantation in 1800's Maryland. Dana has a mysterious connection back to both the slaves and slave owners on the plantation, a young boy named Rufus in particular. Both her and Rufus' survival depends on the two of them working together.

Aside from the sci-fy time travel aspect, this book gives a stunning and brutal look at the lives lead by slaves. Dana moves from "how could they let themselves be treated this way" to an understanding of how little choice enslaved people had.

Dana experiences many of the violent aspects of life as a slave, as well as the mixed and awful emotions surrounding her interactions with the whites of the time.

This book was much better than I expected and I would highly recommend it. ( )
  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
An infuriating look at the stark contrast between, and mysterious seduction of complacency to, modernity and the horrors of the all-to-recent past. ( )
  quavmo | Jun 26, 2022 |
I read so little sci fi that I had to create a new bookshelf for Kindred. I'm just not a fan, and the sci fi/fantasy aspect of Kindred really didn't change my mind. It makes me absolutely nuts that Butler never explains the mechanism that allows Dana to jump between 1976 and 1814. It happens because it has to happen for the plot to work, so it happens. What? And what about the circularity? If she has to time travel to save Rufus's life so that her family can exist, how did she get to this point in the first place? Are there infinite Danas infinitely jumping back and forth in time saving infinite Rufuses? (Rufi?) How depressing.

That said, the premise--how a modern black woman would survive being dropped into the antebellum south--was intriguing enough to keep me reading and even staying up late to finish last night, and I am constitutionally opposed to staying up late for much of anything. The coping mechanisms of a modern woman contrasted with slaves, of a person who was raised never doubting that she is fully human versus those who were raised knowing they are property and must keep their belief in their own humanity a secret, was intriguing enough that about halfway through I found myself fully invested in the characters and their outcome.

I won't go out of my way to seek out sci fi or fantasy, but the next time an Octavia Butler crosses my path, I won't hesitate to read it. ( )
  IVLeafClover | Jun 21, 2022 |
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Crossley, RobertIntroduzioneautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Adébáyò, AyòbámiPrefazioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Gyan, DeborahImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Leon, JanaImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Otoo, Sharon DoduaPrefazioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Ross, RachelImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Rummel, PeterTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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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 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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