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Kindred by Octavia Butler.


14808. Kindred by Octavia Butler.

. This paper provides a favorable summary review of Butlerís 1988 novel that created a new genre by combining science fiction, historical drama and contemporary social comment within a single framework. Summarizes the plot (involving a 20th century black woman summoned back in time to the 19th century to save the life of her white ancestor Rufus), analyzes the various plot devices and discusses character development in the novel. Argues that Butlerís story rises above the commonplaces of science fiction, historical melodrama or dull contemporary social comment, because the author gave the novel a structure which suggested a much deeper Biblical or even Cosmic Dimension. KEYWORDS: book review fiction historical novel African American woman. 5 pages, 3 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,148 words.
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