The Kin

Peter Dickinson, Author
Peter Dickinson, Author Firebird $8.99 (628p) ISBN 978-0-14-250120-7
Reviewed on: 06/01/2003
Release date: 06/01/2003
Paperback - 208 pages - 978-0-7540-6158-8
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-17679-8
Hardcover - 628 pages - 978-0-399-24022-5
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Favorite fiction returns in volumes designed to attract new readers. Master storyteller Peter Dickinson's tale of The Kin, set in Africa 200,000 years ago, reexamines themes he explored in A Bone from a Dry Sea. One impressive volume gathers the four tales originally published separately in the U.S. (Suth's Story; Noli's Story; Ko's Story; and Mana's Story). The quartet relates the epic adventures of a small band of children who struggle to survive after their families have been killed. Dickinson intersperses within their narrative a smattering of ""Oldtales,"" the pourquoi myths of their tribe, the Kin. PW said in a starred review of Noli's Story, ""The real adventure here is the exhilarating mix of ideas the novel so nimbly sets forth.""