As a South African myself, this book hits very close to home. Although I grew up poor as well, I'm a white person, and I've always had that privilege. It was fascinating and horrifying listening to how it was on the other side of the tracks, so to speak.
It's difficult to gather my thoughts to write a coherent review for Kindred, which usually happens when I come across a book that is as jarring as this. There were scenes of abuse so heart rending that I can't even begin to try and articulate how I feel about it. Suffice it to say that I'm so grateful that I didn't live in that era. Not because I wouldn't want to see that happening (which I seriously don't), but because I'm scared that like the characters in this book, I'd get used to it and it would just be a part of everyday life after a while.
I honestly don't know why this book came so highly recommended? David Sedaris is an insufferable pain in the ass that complains about everything and tries to be funny about it like that will make it better.
I really wanted to like this book, because there was a time when Avon historical romances was all I'd read. I don't know what changed... maybe I've just read so many truly amazing books since I've broadened my reading horizons that these kind of frothy romances don't turn my buttons anymore? Or maybe my tastes have just changed? Or maybe this was just not that great...
I'd be really sheltered if I'd never heard the story of Romeo and Juliet before, but believe it or not, I've never read the play or even seen the Leo diCaprio movie! This was the first time I've actually got a feel for the actual events of the story, and honestly it doesn't inspire me to either read the original or finally watch a young Leonardo climb up a trellis.
Right now I feel like I'm emerging slowly from a long and arduous (though not unpleasant) journey through the Chalced states. I found myself neglecting everyday chores and even turning off my phone so I wouldn't be interrupted by friends while reading. It's been a very long time since I've been so immersed in a book that I hadn't lost interest and checked social media every 30 minutes.
Sometimes, deciding if a book is 5 stars or 4 is as easy as pressing a button. But sometimes it's more difficult. This was such a time... But ultimately I'm going to settle for 4 stars.