Review – Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (A Graphic Novel Adaptation)
Damian Duffy (Adapted by), Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings (Illustrations)
Kindred is a well known book and much has already been said on it, so I will be as brief as possible.
Unexpected time travel must feel disconcerting
In short it’s about Dana Franklin a black woman from 1970’s who keeps accidentally travelling back in time and meeting with her slave-owning ancestor.
Taking you back to the American South 1815 as a black woman would be harrowing.
Not knowing when or if you will go back to the present, your home, must be torment.
What an experience, it would harden you in ways you couldn't imagine!
What I took from this was that knowing your history, who you are, where you come from and where you want to be is essential.
Knowing these things helped acclimatise her, knowledge gave her power to withstand the past and the strength to hold onto the present.
The past – 1815 made me angry, Rufus’s entitlement made me infuriated.
This is a book that everyone should read, whether you interested in sci-fi, time travel, slavery or history in general. The art complemented the story aptly.
Thanks to the graphic novel I want to pick up the novel and read it for myself sometime in the future.
Not soon though, as my frustration over the injustices is way too high.
4 Stars - Really Liked It