This was such an excellent book.
Kindred tells the story of Dana Franklin, a black woman who is suddenly whisked back in time from 1976 to pre-Civil War Maryland in 1815.
This novel is a beautifully elegant analysis of a not-so-beautiful period in American history. Using a prominent element of Science Fiction, Butler confronts the poisonous attitudes & double standards that are propagated by racism, but from a modern perspective.
I enjoyed how this book didn't shy away from being brutally honest. It doesn't seek to obscure the cruelty of the time period. It doesn't ask for the approval of its readers.
It forces you to examine.
We all like to think that we wouldn't have participated in that atrocious behavior that has stained our history. It's easy for us to imagine ourselves as a hero, to pretend we would have loudly & proudly condemned the enslavement of human beings.
But would we have?
Dana's excursions may suggest otherwise. At times she even finds herself adjusting her actions to mold to the past & providing forgiveness where she never would've expected to.
To discuss history is to remember it. To remember it is to prevent it from repeating itself. Keeping the conversation alive is vital.
I would recommend this book to everyone. I only docked half a star because I spotted one or two trivial inconsistencies. Otherwise, a marvelous classic and one I'm sorry I waited this long to pick up.