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Kindred par [Butler, Octavia]
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Longueur : 306 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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Being transported in time to the ante-bellum South would hardly be the first choice of a young black woman of the 1970's--even if it's to save the life of the slaveholder who otherwise might never grow up to be her ancestor. This may seem farfetched to some, but it provides the framework for a poignant and thought-provoking novel about slavery, survival and human nature. Kim Staunton removes any sense of strangeness for the reader and moves skillfully between the time periods as this unusual time-link continues. Her use of accents not only directs the listener through the changing settings, but also showcases the dynamic attitudes and emotions of the characters and their relationships with each other and the shifting social contexts in which they find themselves. J.E.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Donna Nichols-White

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2981 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 306 pages
  • Editeur : Beacon Press (1 février 2004)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009U9S540
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5 4 commentaires client
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Par MF le 10 octobre 2016
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L'édition est celle demandée par nos profs de littérature anglaise.
Personnellement, j'ai adoré l'histoire et plus particulièrement le style d l'auteur.
Livré comme prévu.
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D'autres que moi ont déjà écrit longuement sur ce roman, qui mêle science-fiction, histoire, psychologie. Il est difficile pour un profane de juger de la reconstitution du sud esclavagiste des États-Unis au début du dix-neuvième siècle mais elle est convaincante et on se laisse prendre par cette histoire insolite.
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I was recommended this book by several friends and was not disappointed. The story line is very original, a slight twist of sci-fi but just to serve the plot. The descriptions of antebellum South and the life on the plantation are heartbreaking but, alas so true. They not only serve the story but are also educational material to learn more about American history. The parallels between modern and antebellum america bring about a lot of questioning on the parts of the readers. I would particularly recommend this book as a teaching material on the history of African-American history. Octavia's writing style is simple and highly effective.
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Par Belmonte le 13 février 2017
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One of the best book I had to read for my literature fantasy class ! I had loved it and I hope that someone will have the idea to make a movie about this book... it could be really amazing ! My boyfriend who can't read English literature followed the story through my reading as a TV show and loved it too.
I heartly recommend it !
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5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Different! 5 mai 2014
Par Debbie Kiracofe - Publié sur
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This was another book that I ordered because it was a book club choice. Again, I probably wouldn't have chosen this book on my own (I usually read mysteries), but this book was mesmerizing. I went through so many emotions: sadness and anger being the major ones. In some ways, our society has come so far, and yet there were portions of this book that mirror today's problems and beliefs. During our book club discussion, I made the statement that this book should be required reading in high school. Public schools versions of slavery is so sanitized, and this book is raw, real and believable (even though it is fiction). Octavia Butler had a very different approach, but she made this book so real.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 amazing 23 février 2017
Par K Maffei - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I just couldn't put this book down. From the very first words, this story was compelling, and I never found my mind wandering away from the story. The plot moves at a steady pace - never too fast to keep track nor too slow to hold my attention.

Not only was the story line fascinating, but the characters were so well-developed. This was done in such a natural and subtle way, without shoehorning in passages that didn't flow with the story. Each character feels realistic and alive, and you can't help empathizing with each of them in some way. Even the less savory characters were relatable in some small way, which speaks to the author's skill at crafting them as fully-fleshed, complex people.

There are a number of interesting themes explored in this story, for example self-determination vs self-preservation, moral equivocation in the face of the need to survive, ways to define inner strength, the ability to rationalize terrible things, the way your environment affects your sense of identity. And of course, the classic time travel question: if I kill my grandparent, will I cease to exist?

If you're not a fan of science fiction, don't let the time travel aspect chase you away from this book. It's more of a device to allow the plot to exist. This is a story about human endurance, the complexity of emotions, and our sense of self and its flexibility. And much more.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 4 platypires 25 février 2017
Par J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews - Publié sur
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I grabbed this book and the audio version from Amazon when it was on sale last month, getting both of them for less than $5. Plus, it came highly recommended from an author I follow, Harper Miller.

Because I am who I am as a person, I absolutely grabbed this book without even reading the synopsis. I knew it had to do with the 1800s, based on the cover photo, and I did catch a glimpse of the words “science fiction”… but I really didn’t give it much thought.

When I started it I was surprised to find the main character was in the 70s… and then out of no where – BAM – time travel to the 1800s. I’m going to have to say that going into this book almost entirely blind made it that much more interesting to me.

I really enjoyed how the author used time travel as a way to show slavery more openly. Many people can think back and say, “If I was a slave I’d have done [insert random things]”. But she was there. She knew how it worked. And yet she couldn’t do much to change things. I think that helped make this story feel so much more realistic.

There’s a lot of questions I had after finishing the book, and I was a bit frustrated when it ended. Although I do have to say that I was quite intrigued by it and I am interested in reading more books by this author.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 AMAZING, BEST READ OF THE YEAR 10 janvier 2012
Par Regina - Publié sur
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Time travel is so cool! What beats traveling back several hundred years in to the arms of a handsome Scottish highlander ... or traveling back in time to meet your spouse while she is still a child ... or traveling in time to solve a supernatural mystery in an attempt to save the future ... or traveling back in time to learn of the world's beginning or forward to witness its collapse. There are so many different ways time travel can come in to play in a story. I honestly thought I had seen and read them all when it came to time travel, but I could not have been more wrong. I had never before read a time travel novel, where the main character travels to an incredibly dangerous and distasteful time. The set-up of Kindred could not be more extreme - the main character is a young African American woman who is, repeatedly and without any control of her own, sent back in time to the antebellum south where she finds herself enmeshed in relationships on a plantation occupied and run by slave-owners and slaves. As an African American woman, such a trip into the past is not an easy one, nor is it safe. Each trip back becomes increasingly dangerous and more disturbing. But who was safe during that time period? Definitely not blacks, whether free or slave. Kindred does not shy away from telling their stories.

Kindred was published in 1979, yet for some sad reason I only recently discovered the author, Octavia Butler. Having finished Kindred in the space of two days, I intend to hunt down each and every book written by her. She is not an author I want to miss out on. Occasionally, reading a book written and published decades ago, particularly in the science fiction genre, makes the book less accessible and less enjoyable. This is absolutely not the case with Kindred. Kindred pulled me in from page one, the main character - Dana - seemed real; she seemed modern. Her thoughts, her concerns and her actions were not dissimilar from my own. Dana is a writer, who is married to another writer. They are a mixed raced couple living in Los Angeles. Their status as a mixed couple becomes important as the story progresses; it is a factor that allows the story to be broader than just Dana's experience. The pace of the book is intense and I could not put it down. I was pulled in and terrified at almost every step for Dana. Terrified for her well-being and for her life. Terrified that she would never see her husband again. Shocked at the brutality of the events as they unfolded.

Time travel and science fiction are labels that work to make this book seem more whimsical than it is. Kindred addresses heavy topics between the front and back covers - freedom, love, ownership, and survival. How does an individual survive in an atmosphere where every minute puts them at risk? How does an individual survive in a situation where their survival comes at the cost of another's loss of family and loss of life. How does one survive the loss of their children - taken at the hands by a cruel slave owner? How does a woman preserve her integrity - again at the hands of a cruel slave owner? The topics are dark and disturbing (as they should be), but the main characters are so genuine and likeable that while the subject matter is gruesome, it is still fed to the reader in the form of entertainment. In between the dark images and storyline, are bits and pieces of the love story shared between Dana and her husband and her desperate desire to remain in her own modern time with her husband.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book, remarkable author 11 avril 2017
Par S - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
There are many narratives about life as a slave, but this one is different because it is written from the viewpoint of a modern time traveler. The book is excellent, and the author herself, a Black woman writing science fiction, is of interest as well. I found the interaction among the slaves and with the white masters totally believable. Would be an excellent book for high schoolers.
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