Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Book Review: Kindred
July's book club pick was Kindred. I know I'm a little late, but the computer issues really threw me off. Although Kindred was first published over 30 years ago, somehow, the book has resurged and everyone is raving again. Essence magazine recently reviewed the book, and a friend casually suggested that it was a great book with so many twists and turns.
In summation, Kindred is a story about a modern day young woman teleporting back to the plantation of her ancestors during pre-Civil War days. Dana, the main character, has to figure out where she is, what's going on, survival in such a dangerous place, and being careful not to change the events of the past so that she can have the same future outcomes. All in all, I give it two thumbs up!
I would have liked a little more detail, that's just me though, I love word pictures. There were also some unanswered questions that you kind of have to over look so that the book can continue to make sense, which is one thing that I loathe about writing. I don't mind cliffhangers where you have to use your imagination to complete the story. However, I do not like when there are details that are not addressed that make all the premises of the book look absurd.
Kindred is considered a science fiction book, which I really don't care for, however, I believe it's only claim to sci-fi is that the main character is going back in time. The book is not heavily saturated with big words and scientific jargon.
In summation, Kindred is a good read, however, it won't be the best book you've ever read. You will learn some things and it will challenge your thinking about a past that we so graciously missed being a part of. Thank God!
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