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Kindred (1969)

por Octavia E. Butler

Outros autores: Robert Crossley (Introdução)

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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.… (mais)
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My 1st Octavia Butler. Heard about this book from Velshi's Banned Book Club. In 1976, Dana, a 26 year old black woman married to a white man in California finds herself pulled into the 1700's just in time to save a young boy from drowning. The boy Rufus, was the son of a slave owner. It was the beginning of many episodes of her being called to the past by the boy as he aged and needing her help to save him. They established a unique relationship despite being a black woman, she was still considered a slave and could be sold like the fate of many during this time. The book details many of the struggles and quite graphic on some of the ways slaves were punished on the plantation This was difficult at times to hear the way the people were treated and how hard of a life they lived. It reminded me of "Roots" the series on TV back in the 80's. A reminder of how it was for black people in the south, not so many years ago and definitely important lesson of our early history. ( )
  booklovers2 | Feb 25, 2024 |
This may be Butler's most accessible book. Fiction of another world. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
Completely engaging. This is a marked divergence from the more fantastical Patternist series; here Butler uses time travel as a completely unexplained mechanic to provide a uniquely sci-fi perspective on first-person slave narrative. In doing so, I think she shows us things about slave America than a contemporary account would not necessarily be able to do.

For me, the most surprising realisation was that even though we're taught about the existence of slave stereotypes, having not read first-person slave narratives before it's startling to see the ways in which characters draw from or step outside of those stereotypes. Sarah is my favourite example of this. She talks Dana down from all sorts of foolhardy choices, so we begin to think of her in an Uncle Tom kind of role, but we learn that underneath she is simmering with more anger and resentment at the loss of her children than Dana, or I, could really understand.

Other interesting points come in the relationship of Dana and Rufus; she is his savior several times over and yet is not just unable to wrest Rufus from the mindset of a white man of his time, but he actively forces her into compliance with his wishes when he sends her to bring Alice to him. Despite her self-loathing, she does as bid (as does Alice), and it is not until she is pushed to killing him that she is freed.

Kevin and Dana's differing relationships to the period are also worth looking at. Dana thinks she should be able to wrest control of the situation, but instead ends up needing to ride it out, and even then she cannot return from the experience whole. Kevin thinks himself able to manage, and does in fact survive for five years and help slaves, but Butler shows us that he doesn't have the kind of awareness of the dynamics at play. His request of Dana to scribe is eerily similar to Rufus'.

Overall, Kindred is incredibly gripping. The pacing is fantastic, episodes slowly building up, the characterisation of the cast is extremely moving, down even to more minor characters like Nigel or Tess. I read this in basically one sitting! If you want to examine our modern relationship to historical slavery, why not literally place a modern character into slavery? ( )
  Zedseayou | Jan 30, 2024 |
Read in 2023 and was written in the late 70’s I think. A little dated now but way before her time when it was published. I enjoyed it, liked the time travel, sci-fi action. Slavery is always a difficult subject but I the OB did a great job without necessarily whitewashing it or letting anyone off the hook. A story of a young woman investigating her family history both black and white from slave holding estate. ( )
  Lisl | Jan 28, 2024 |
KIRKUS REVIEWButler is one of those accomplished science-fiction writers (Mind of My Mind, Survivor) who tap out their tales so fast and fine and clear that it's impossible to stop reading at any point. And this time the appeal should reach far beyond a sci-fi audience--because the alien planet here is the antebellum South, as seen through the horrified eyes of Dana, a 20th-century black woman who time-travels in expeditious Butler fashion: ""The house, the books, everything vanished. Suddenly I was outdoors on the ground beneath trees"" . . . in 1819 Maryland. Dana has been ""called"" by her white ancestor, Rufus--on her first visit, Rufus is a small child, son of a sour slaveowner--and she'll be transported back to Maryland (twice with her white husband Kevin) to rescue Rufus from death again and again. As Rufus ages (the Maryland years amount to hours and days in 1976 time), the relationship between him and Dana takes on some terrifying dimensions: Rufus simply cannot show the humanity Dana tries to call forth; Dana, drawn into the life of slaves with its humiliation and atrocities, treads carefully, trying to effect some changes, but too often she returns beaten and maimed to her own century. And most frightening is the thought that, in the ""stronger, sharper realities"" of Rufus' time, Dana is ""losing my place here in my own time."" At one point Kevin and Dana lose one another (Kevin returns haggard, after five years working to help escaped slaves), but finally Dana, fighting off complete possession by Rufus, kills him and that past forever--but not the memories. There is tremendous ironic power in Butler's vision of the old South in science-fiction terms--capriciously dangerous aliens, oppressed races, and a supra-fevered reality; and that irony opens the much-lamented nightmare of slavery to a fresh, vivid attack--in this searing, caustic examination of bizarre and alien practices on the third planet from the sun.Pub Date: July 13th, 1979
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
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Liens de Sang n’est pas qu’un roman de science-fiction parmi tant d’autres, c’est une leçon d’Histoire. Octavia E. Butler explore l’impact du racisme et de la suprématie blanche d’une très belle manière : à travers nos yeux d’hommes et de femmes libres. Liens de Sang rappelle que la liberté se gagne et que l’évasion peut coûter très chère…
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Impossible to turn away from once you've devoured the first few pages
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A dark, compelling and still horribly resonant time travel story
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Few writers in our field are so good at blending page-turners with philosophical questions so seamlessly
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If you haven't read Butler, you don't yet understand how rich the possibilities of science fiction can be
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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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