Book Review: “Kindred” by Olivia Butler

Anne Kearns

Because of the relatively fast-paced and entertaining nature of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Even though it’s a pretty easy read because of its captivating, action-packed pages, it touches on very deep and real issues that still affect many people today. 

Because Dana is more modern, it is easier to relate to her and feel empathy toward what she goes through as a slave. Nowadays people can be very self-centered and have trouble putting themselves in other people’s shoes. People are so focused on their own narrative, it can be hard to be empathetic and it is even harder to realize that the world does not revolve around you. It is so easy to get caught up in your own anxieties and problems that you lose sight of the bigger picture and that others go through far worse than you. This isn’t to say that because people are suffering more than you, that your problems are not valid, but it is important to realize we are not alone. This can lead to harmful mental effects on not only oneself, but the society which created this problem.

 Books, however, may be able to save us from ourselves and our egocentric tendencies. Books offer a glimpse into the mind and struggles of another person and allows you to escape from the trials and tribulations of daily life. With a growing narcissistic society, I believe that it is of the utmost importance that we relearn the lesson we were all taught when we were younger: “The world does not revolve around you.” Reading books leads to a more empathetic and less egocentric society.

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