KindredPaperback - 2003 | 25th anniversary ed.
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Kindred by Octavia Butler is one of the most unique pieces of African American literature that I have ever read. The nonfiction novel starts with the main character Dana, an African American female, living her normal life in California only for it to change entirely with unexplained time travelling that forces her into Maryland in the 1800s: a time where slavery and racism is alive and well. … (more)
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Unsurprisingly, since this is about slavery, many scenes are frightening and intense
Sexual Content: sexual violence is present throughout, as is historically accurate
Violence: The use of the whip is particularly violent. Also, at least once, a character has a gun pointed directly at them. And a character loses an arm.
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I closed my eyes and saw the children playing their game again. “The ease seemed so frightening.” I said. “Now I see why.”
“The ease. Us, the children ... I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.”
Strangely, they seemed to like him, hold him in contempt, and fear him all at the same time. This confused me because I felt just about the same mixture of emotions for him myself. I had thought my feelings were complicated because he and I had such a strange relationship. But then, slavery of any kind fostered strange relationships. Only the overseer drew simple, unconflicting emotions of hatred and fear when he appeared briefly. But then, it was part of the overseer’s job to be hated and feared while the master kept his hands clean.