Octavia E. Butler's Kindred

Octavia E. Butler's Kindred

A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Book - 2017
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Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium

Octavia E. Butler's bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred , now in graphic novel format.

More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler's mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.

Butler's most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre-Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana's own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.

Held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, there are over 500,000 copies of Kindred in print. The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere.

Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.
Publisher: New York :, Abrams Comicarts,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781419709470
Characteristics: 240 pages :,chiefly color illustrations ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Kindred


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Feb 05, 2019

A true tribute to Octavia Butler's novel Kindred. The graphic novel does not take anything away from the novel and is done very thoughtfully and respectfully. I think the graphic novel is actually a great starting place because now I really want to read the novel. A fantastic example of speculative fiction. I also really enjoyed the thoughtful words of Nnedi Okorafor in the introduction. A must read.

Nov 05, 2018

I haven't read Kindred (the novel) and perhaps one should before reading this graphic novel. I feel that parts are missing that would have helped make this story smoother.
I found the portrayal of this awful time compelling and horrifying and yet not engrossing.
All in all, an interesting enough story but it had jumps in it that made the story seem disjointed (to me).

Feb 26, 2018

Reading the graphic novel of Kindred is definitely a different experience from the traditional print edition, but it is just as powerful and heart-rending -- if not more -- as the original book. Highly recommended.

JCLCassandraG Jun 19, 2017

Surprisingly, Kindred adapts well to the graphic novel format. While we lose some of the sparkle of Butler's prose, the story remains engrossing and the illustrator does a good job of portraying what violence is necessary while not getting as graphic as one could (though the book is still not for kids, unfortunately).

Jan 13, 2017


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