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The Kin Mass Market Paperback – Jun 9 2003

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird (June 9 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142501204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142501207
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 11.3 x 4.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,907,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kin is a thrilling piece of work. . . . Peter Dickinson has an appetite for large ideas and the power and skill to bring them to life. Dickinson is a writer of great vision.” —Philip Pullman
 
“An exciting read. . . . The real adventure here is the exhilarating mix of ideas the novel so nimbly sets forth.” —Publishers Weekly
 
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Peter Dickinson was born in Africa but raised and educated in England. From 1952 to 1969 he was on the editorial staff of Punch, and since then earned his living writing fiction of various kinds for children and adults. His books have been published in several languages throughout the world.
 
The author of twenty-one crime and mystery novels for adults, Dickinson was the first to win the Gold Dagger Award of the Crime Writers’ Association for two books running: The Glass-Sided Ants Nest (1968) and The Old English Peepshow (1969). Dickinson was shortlisted nine times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children’s literature and was the first author to win it twice.
 
Dickinson served as chairman of the Society of Authors and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for services to literature. Peter Dickinson died on December 16, 2015, at the age of eighty-eight.
 
 
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on Oct. 6 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is probably one of the best books I have ever read. It is about a small group of children who become separated from their Kin, Moonhawk (the Kins are tribes, each named after an animal, for example the Monkey Kin.) They set out to find Good Places, where there is food and water. But a number of terrifying perils face them, including volcanoes, enchantments, and evil demon men. This book is also fascinating. Not a lot is known about this era, and Peter Dickinson has pieced together an enchanting four-part novel from fragments of evidence and his own wonderful imagination.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5ffe40) out of 5 stars Enchanting... Oct. 6 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is probably one of the best books I have ever read. It is about a small group of children who become separated from their Kin, Moonhawk (the Kins are tribes, each named after an animal, for example the Monkey Kin.) They set out to find Good Places, where there is food and water. But a number of terrifying perils face them, including volcanoes, enchantments, and evil demon men. This book is also fascinating. Not a lot is known about this era, and Peter Dickinson has pieced together an enchanting four-part novel from fragments of evidence and his own wonderful imagination.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Bookshelf Monstrosity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading a few just so-so books, I really wanted to get lost in a great tome of a story. The Kin was just the ticket. The book is actually four novels published in one volume, weighing in at just over 600 pages. The story is paced really well, so I would look up from reading and realize I had just knocked out 50 or 75 pages in no time. I'm a huge history fan and have always been interested in the history of early mankind. Set in prehistoric Africa, this novel imagines what life was like for the clans of people surviving in the African deserts.

The stories of Suth, Noli, Po, and Mana are interspersed with Oldtales, or creation stories about the Kin's First Ones, which I found to be really interesting and illuminating as to how the characters behaved and reacted to life in the wild. Each First One is an animal, such as a monkey or a pocupine, and each Kin is named after a First One. The mixture of myth and history was just perfect and very entertaining.

A most interesting aspect of this book is how Dickinson imagined communication between speaking and non-speaking humans. The four children the stories follow belong to the Moonhawk Kin, which consists of highly verbal humans. Along the way, they encounter the Porcupine Kin, who are nonverbal but are still very communicative through sounds and gestures. Some of the Moonhawks say that the Porcupine Kin are not really 'people' because they can't speak words, but others, particularly Noli, are convinced that the Porcupine are just as human as anyone else even though they are different.

All in all, this novel is a very interesting and thought-provoking work of 'prehistorical' fiction.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c8a2e8) out of 5 stars Great book for a 12 year old March 5 2009
By Wendo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when I was finishing up elementary school and it changed my perspective of humanity. Big stuff when you're that age. It made me realise what people were like before civilisation better than any text book could. Not only that, it taught me to experiment with the way I write.

I would highly recommend it for anyone.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c8a600) out of 5 stars Not Just for "Young Adults" Dec 7 2006
By LionLady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The "Reading Level" for this book is listed as Young Adult, but the content, style and level of complexity should not be thought of as aimed at or restricted to teens. This is an outstanding and thoroughly engaging book, carefully thought out and written. If you have an interest in early man - or even if you don't -, you will enjoy it. I am far from being a teen, but I have re-read it several times for pure pleasure.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c8a5ac) out of 5 stars ggof4incolo July 30 2009
By ggo4incolo - Published on Amazon.com
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The book held my attention from the first page to the last. I spent many late nights after my homework was finished to get in some reading time. I enjoyed reading the story from the perspective of different memebers of the group. The story was not predictible and was intriguing. I was left wondering if the people wore clothing, or shoes or slept on furs, so some information was left to the imagination. It was a volumous book but a very good read.


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