“Like all good works of fiction, it lies like the truth.”
-Robert Crossly in his critical essay on Kindred by Octavia Butler
"Words, so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become, in the hands of one who knows how to combine them."
—American Note-Books of Nathaniel Hawthorne, May 18, 1848
Kindred Audio Book
The audio sections (discs) below are labelled by page numbers and divided into parts, but do not necessarily line up exactly with chapter beginnings or endings. Please be sure to note the time stamp when you stop listening to a part. That way you will be able to restart and fast forward ahead to the spot where you left off.
Octavia Butler (1947-2006)
Critical Essay Resources: NPR
Click on the image above and read the NPR article as background to the interview linked below.
Please read the NPR article and listen to the short NPR interview linked above. Then compose and create a brief evaluative essay (250-300 words) discussing whether Butler has succeeded in her purpose based on the text you’ve read so far.
Teaching Tolerance Resources: