What a skilled story teller to be able to bring compassion not just for the main character but also for the villian. I loved this book and could not stop listening. Even after the book was finished I continued to live amongst these characters.
Unusual take on time travel. Not your run-of-the-mill sci-fi novel. Well thought out, well-written plot. Keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what will happen next. I learned a lot too.
Yes, interesting story going back and forth between 2 different times.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
I like the antebellum's southern accent that some of the characters had.
I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.
I only recently discovered Octavia Butler when I read her last book, Fledgling. I was very impressed with her originality and deft handling of racial perspective. Kindred is a wonderful historical fiction. Written in the 70s, this timeless view of a southern slaveholder in the early 1800s is a beautiful story that will stay with me for some time.
Dana is a modern black woman, living in California, when she is mysteriously drawn back in time to rescue a young white boy from drowning. When Rufus appears to be safe, Dana is brought back to her own time, soaking wet and very frightened. Her husband Kevin is shocked to have his wife disappear and reappear, but doesn't hesitate to believe her when she tells her story. A short while later, it happens again. This time Dana finds Rufus starting a fire in his living room. She stops the fire and finds from Rufus that she is in Maryland in 1815.
She quickly comes to the conclusion that she is drawn back to Rufus when his life is in danger. I won't tell more, but this story is wonderful...beginning, middle and end. It's not hokey and the characters are well defined and interesting.
Kindred is an excellent read for anyone interested in historical fiction, African American history and time travel. Octavia Butler is definitely one of the best African American writers of our time.
I could hardly put it down. This story is so believable in so many ways, it truly makes one think about the way we see the past. Loved it!
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
I know I'm getting picky but it makes me crazy to hear the same sentence over and over when there could be so many ways to say it.
"I said nothing" was a statement made by Dana over and over and over. I heard it 5 times in an hour in part 2. Poor editing didn't bother me until I listened to Ken Follett's book and he was so repetitive with such awkward sentences that I wanted to scream at times. He had a great story but where was the editor???
So the story line is good though a bit strange at time. The character Dana disappears and returns wet and muddy in a few seconds and her husband doesn't believe what she tells him. He tries to tell her she imagined it yet there she is wet and muddy and in a different place in just seconds. The conversation should have been closer to - Holy Cow. What is this? - but instead he tries to tell Dana it was just a dream. She should take a shower and clean up and she will feel better and realize nothing really happened to her?
Really? That's the conversation? Is that because he's the man and she's the woman and therefore he must understand more than her?
The book is worth the read because of the different inside looking out view of slavery but with involved editing it could have been so much better.