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September 13, 2010

Submitted by alycia on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 10:29
  • I rewarded myself for the scholarship of this weekend by buying another Octavia Butler at the airport (partially also because I was surprised they had any; although I found Kindred in the regular fiction section and nothing in Sci-Fi, which I think said something). I had enough time in airports and on a really annoying flight to read the ENTIRE book. Phew!

    On goodreads, I wrote the following about Kindred, (because some of the reviews were lukewarm): I found that the idea to have an african american woman from the 1970's appear in the antebellum south was a really ingenious way to bring together contemporary thinking about slavery and the actualities of living through those times. The contrasts, tensions and the blending that happened were what really made the book for me.

    I agree it wasn't THE BEST Butler, but it was really amazingly thoughtful, and really spoke to power, resistance, struggle, identity and race as all great Butler does. I hesitate to say that it reminded me a bit of Lars Von Trier's Manderlay, but it definitely struck at the horror, brutality and the idea that everyone at this time was really caught and captive to this system--and perhaps reminded me of Trier due to the utter creepiness.

    Oh! And I kept thinking about Inception as I read it too--mostly due to the dying in order to get home parts. Are there other stories where this happens, or were those movie people reading Butler? I think it's probably a coincidence--and I really think it cheapens the Butler to mention it, but it was there, and that's what I was thinking about (unfortunately).

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