The premise of the story was off putting, the idea of my modern self being time traveled into slavery era south... No thank you! But after I got into the story, I was hooked. There is a rich story that takes a very in depth look at what would make one a slave. Questions I've often asked myself, that Butler examines fully and completely. The contrast and similarities between Dana's time and the past were well drawn up. Really pointing out how far we have to go.
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
If the narrator is good I always prefer the audio edition. A good narrator catches little nuances, adds emotion and suspense.
When Dana first went back in time.
She captured the emotions and accents perfectly.
Yes I was so absorbed into the story that I did finish it in 2 days
Even though this was written in the late 70's, it really is a timeless story. Don't let the thought of time travel and slavery make you think twice about reading this, it is very worthwhile.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
This book was a time travel story about a woman from modern times that is taken back to her ancestors in a time of slavery. There are weird aspects to the time travel and overall I enjoyed my time with this book. Sometimes the story didn't seem as real has it had at other times and I certainly felt the main character wasn't as strongly portrayed as she should have. At times she seemed to lack the emotion of someone really going through these ordeals.
This book was written a long time ago (for modern writing) and I suspect this author has gained tremendously in her skill as a story teller. This is one of those stories that says "I come from the heart and mind of a beginner, just wait until I develop my skills." I would happily read another book from this author. We learn with practice, right?
I read a book about the Holocaust that was uplifting and filled with joy, The Hidden Room, an autobiography by Corrie Ten Boon, but the hope it that book was the result of the internal characteristics of that author, and her Cristian faith. Every books about slavery I've read has been less than uplifting, as you would expect, but Twelve Years a Slave by Soloman Northrup was well worth reading because it is a valuable and credibility first hand account of an institution everyone should understand in order to ensure that such an evil institution never returns as a legitimized institution during the remainder of the age of mankind. This book, as a work of fiction, unfortunately, can't squire that credibility, no matter how well written, and so is just depressing.
This story began with a great idea. Unfortunately, the execution was terrible. The character development was completely lacking, the pros was hackneyed, and the dialogue was not believable. I would not recommend this book for anybody.
The novel makes was very difficult to put down. . .suspenseful. Was Rufus really as bad as everyone thought or was he just a product of his time. Did he treat people poorly because of the way his father had treated him? Why didn't he know how to love? Questions that you ask throughout the novel.
The story reveals an age old question, are some things taught or are you born that way? You answer the question for yourself.
Yes and she is outstanding as always.
The book makes you think. There are no crying moments but there are moments of sadness. . .no laughing moments but moments where you are pleased with an outcome.
Can't wait to finish my next Octavia Butler novel.
I am unsure what made it enjoyable, but what made it spellbinding was the feeling that I was journeying with Dana. I felt like I was right there watching everything happen to her. The narrator really had to be good to make it feel that real! And how horrific it was to listen to the part about Dana being whipped as a slave! I always knew that slavery was awful. I have spent much time explaining this to my son, but I never understood the baseness and felt the inhumanity of it as viscerally as I did with the guidance of this book.
I got a depth of insight into slavery that I never had before. I would definitely read this book again, although I would need to mentally prepare myself, since the book was an emotionally taxing one.
Her portrayal of Dana made the character believable and relatable.