Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler
  • Title: Parable of the Sower
  • Author: Octavia E. Butler
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  • Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler Parable of the Sower When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social breakdown no one is safe In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina the young daughter of a minister loses her family and home and
    When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social breakdown, no one is safe.In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, the young daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out from their ravaged gated community into the unprotected American landscape But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much a startlinWhen unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social breakdown, no one is safe.In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, the young daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out from their ravaged gated community into the unprotected American landscape But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much a startling vision of human destiny and the birth of a new faith.
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    About Octavia E. Butler


    1. octaviabutler Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best known among the few African American women in the field She won both Hugo and Nebula awards In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.


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    1. YA dystopian fiction but written decades before that term was coined I am embarrassed to say I had never read Octavia Butler before I m happy I finally corrected this glaring oversight This novel set in the near future is so frighteningly prescient it is difficult to read The year is 2026 American society is rapidly breaking down thanks to global warning, economic stagnation and wealth disparity 18 year old Lauren Olamina lives with her family in a walled off middle class neighborhood outside LA [...]

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    2. I am going to start this review off by asking a theoretical question There is a huge wave coming, it will wash you and everyone you love out to see What do you do Do you back up away from the water Move to higher ground Build a boat to ride it out Or do you turn your back on it, play on the beach and pretend that it isn t coming Now imagine that it isn t a wave of water, but a wave of violence, crime and people that will be unstoppable No wall will hold them back You may have nowhere ideal to go [...]

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    3. For a long time I had naively held on to the notion that Octavia E Butler is the African American counterpart to Ursula K Le Guin an assumption begotten out of the commonality that both their creations despite being shoehorned into the genre of science speculative fiction epitomize realities of institutionalized sociopolitical inequities Not only has my first foray into Butler s literary landscapes altered that idea greatly but compounded my respect for Le Guin s masterful way of letting the did [...]

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    4. I read this book in its entirety on the bus from New York back to Balti It s a strange thing reading a dystopian novel on public transportation After every chapter I paused and looked around at the cars traveling in both directions, obeying commonly accepted rules of the road and at the forty five strangers sitting around me, all adopting a social contract in which we sit quietly for three hours, keep our own personal space, and leave others to their seats, their money, their food, their coats, [...]

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    5. Parable of the Sower isn t the easiest book to read The prose is clear and uncomplicated, but the content can be hard to take This is a close to home dystopia, one which I found hard to dismiss as improbable And the world that it depicts is cruel and ugly Even the well meaning must do ugly things to survive.This is science fiction only in the most technical sense Sure, it s set in a hypothetical future, and the main character, Lauren, has an uncanny super natural ability to feel the pain of othe [...]

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    6. I often wonder about religion Its roots, its power, its consequences When looking at the religion that had the biggest influence on my life, I sometimes wonder if that belief system isn t just a biography that got out of hand We ve got the life of Jesus described to us, the good deeds he did and the things he had to say, and people picked it up, learnt it, liked it, loved it, embraced it, fought for it, killed for it, died for it Whoa, that escalated quickly Such a tiny harmless thing as a moral [...]

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    7. When I started reading this book I immediately felt inclined to rate it five stars even before finishing the first sentence Hardly fair or reasonable I know, but that s love I have loved Octavia Butler since readingWild Seeds a couple of years ago, I went on to readKindred and theLilith s Brood trilogy which only solidified my love for this dear departed lady and all she stood for.Having said that, I initially felt a little disappointed with the first chapter of Parable of the Sower because the [...]

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    8. I stared down the hill from our camp where just a glint of water was visible in the distance through the trees and bushes The world is full of painful stories Sometimes it seems as though there aren t any other kind and yet I found myself thinking how beautiful that glint of water was through the trees There is only one word to describe the world that Butler built in Parable of the Sower and that word isBRUTAL.I recently read a review of one of her other books, Kindred, in which the reviewer use [...]

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    9. Abandoning this book at about 30% I just can t finish it Feels too much like a young adult novel, which isn t necessarily a problem in and of itself but dialogue is boring me I am not a huge sci fi dystopia fan, so it really needs to grab me if I am going to read it This one just isn t working for me personally Not going to rate this one as a result Too many other books waiting to be read

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    10. What a fantastic book to finish off my reading month A full 5 starts and possibly a new all time favorite.

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    11. Read this for my endoftheworldbookclub Such a bleak and horrible story, but incredibly compelling at the same time.

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    12. Feb 2016, adjusted rating down after reading Dawn Butler did do much better This might have been the must read dystopia of the 90s Perhaps it isn t because Butler tries too hard Or readers can t see past the obvious shortcomings.Dystopias have been with us since 1984 and Brave New World, and Utopia s since Mores and even Plato s Timaeus But Parable of the Sower could have been this generation s dystopia A really engaging, challenging story of believable, empathetic characters Great social commen [...]

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    13. This was a compulsive page turner for me.Compared with at least one contemporary USian perspective, say, that of the low waged service worker, Lauren lives in one version of utopia a close knit community, like a village, shaped by an ethics of care and mutual support She does not have to work, except to share the unalienated labour of social reproduction childcare, food preparation, education of the young which leaves her time to pursue her own preoccupations The person in her family who provide [...]

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    14. I ve started and stopped this review several times as I did the book itself and I wasn t sure why I was having such a hard time putting my thoughts into words until I read reviews of The Road That s the problem I m comparing this novel to The Road, perhaps naturally enough both are journeys through dystopian landscapes, with evidence of the degradation of environment and humanity all around, central characters who represent goodness and morality and hope in the midst of nothing but bleakness, de [...]

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    15. Octavia Butler s vision of an American state on the brink of economic and social collapse seems all too near and plausible Lauren Olamina, a young minister s daughter, lives in a gated community that falls prey to the violence and anarchy that s been eating away at the edges of civilization for years It s a brutal novel, as everyone Lauren loves dies, and the deaths are often described in gruesome detail Lauren herself suffers from a condition called hyper empathy, which causes her to feel what [...]

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    16. I just skimmed a few other reviews of Parable of the Sower and felt confused about why difficult subject matter seems to be a weakness to many readers If anything, I wish Octavia Butler were around so I could thank her for that She wrote about survival, change, and power with incredible insight she grapples with some Big Stuff but her novel, ideas, and genre also manage to be accessible Butler s clarity is a strength and perhaps a stylistic weakness, but mostly I think there s something great ab [...]

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    17. I read this book is a perfect YA Dystopia One word for this book believable The characters are believable and sympathetic The setting is grim dark, and yet believable It might be one of my best reads for 2017 At first, The dystopia setting seems mundane without any special kind of disaster the bleak situation seems so realistic, I admit some aspects of them already facts, not science fiction I could engage with some of them due to similarities with Jakarta s 1998 riot view spoiler At least scave [...]

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    18. For this pleasure reader, there wasn t much pleasure in reading this book Even still, I was compelled and drawn in Octavia Butler was a very good writer, and I am glad I did get a chance to finally read one of her books The narrator, the actress Lynne Thigpen, did an incredible job Now, when I think of Lauren, I will picture her voice, feminine but strong and rich I also liked the way she varied her voice to reflect the different characters speaking.Lauren was a protagonist that rubbed me the wr [...]

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    19. This is a really intense and interesting insight into a scarily believable future of our world With water scarce and sold at an all time premium and with the subsequent abolishment of the structured societal hierarchy as we know it, anarchy reigns on Earth.Lauren lives a relatively safe life inside the confines of her walled community, on the outskirts of LA Lauren s preacher father strove to create a community that thrived on the now almost obsolete religious teachings he believes in He excelle [...]

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    20. One of the best parts about being in a book club is that sometimes the picks would never be what you would have chosen for yourself My Litsy Goes Postal group has so far brought two books to my radar that I never would have picked up if left to my own devices I didn t LOVE either of them but at the same time, I loved I was challenged to reach beyond my reading comfort zone My Reactions The reading flow was choppy for me initially I really didn t get into the reading groove of this one until abou [...]

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    21. Kindle deal for the Earthseed complete series for 1.13 7 23 17 Earthseed Comp

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    22. 4.5 stars A brilliantly written and extremely poignant story of a young girls struggle to find her way in a dystopian future Highly recommended Nominee Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1995 Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1995

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    23. I only gave this book 2.5 stars but rounded it up to 3 stars on due to not having half stars available.So I always hate it when I notice friends who I follow and trust for book recs loved a book and I ended up disliking it I feel badly about it and then I feel guilty because I write a review talking about things that they really enjoyed I read this book as part of Dead Writers Society Genre Challenge for the month of March I can say I loved the other book I read and thought this one wasoblematic [...]

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    24. On second reading, I think Butler s riff on post apocalyptic travails hit me harder than the first time After seeing the devastation in New Orleans on television and talking to friends and others whose relatives made it out of the city, the concepts of civilisation falling apart and humanity s worst nature coming to the forefront seem a lot closer and likely events in general since I first read the book have certainly not reached anywhere close to what Butler predicts in this novel which is the [...]

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    25. This was an incredible read.Butler s quasi apocalyptic landscape is terrifyingly close to home She takes things that are already affecting our cultural landscape and takes them just far enough to seem like an alarmingly realistic future She examines how class, race, and gender would all interact in this type of world with nuance, and she excels in that examination.At times the plot dragged for me, and I found the second half of the book significantly compelling though I also understand the impo [...]

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    26. 2.5 5It s impossible to effectively engage with a post apocalyptic narrative when the most visible and most seriously taken savior type is doing all they can to roll out the welcome mat for the next end of days Sure, the characters come in colors than usual, but their conception of anti life is still a person in a straitjacket Sure, a number of them have a far intimate history with the underbelly of capitalism known as slavery than is usually made critical note of, but they still think a human [...]

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    27. Parable of the Sower More like Parable of the RAPEYRAPERAPERAPE What Gospel is this again Where exactly is the good news A rapist scattered rape on a rapescape, and some rapes caused unending trauma, and other rapes caused unending despair, but still other rapes created Strong Female Protagonists, and they would never let any man take Advantage of Them Again Mindnumbingly stupid and insulting to actual real assault victims everywhere I stopped reading 40 pages in.Hooray, another gritty urban fan [...]

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    28. I definitely liked aspects of this book, but I m not sure how to distinguish it all from the idea of change as religion I probably would have liked the book even if I d ignored the parts about religion, but in looking at only the title it s obvious that the new religion of Earthseed is meant to be a major part of the story I would have been fine that if instead of founding a new religious community, they established a new government with the same ideals.We had our tough female character who is [...]

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    29. Parables of Sower is an post apocalyptic novel, from a perspective of a young Afro American girl, reflecting her current situation after the collapse of United States of America, following the climate change disaster.What I like most from this novel is the character building It is what you can expect from a post apocalyptic world They are dogs eat dogs, men eat men, men eat dogs, and occasionally dogs eat men world, and I mean it literally There are no room for wish wash Life is nasty, brutish, [...]

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    30. In a dystopian future California in the 2020s , we see the life of young Lauren Olamina turned topsy turvy as her family and community is destroyed by violence She is a strong leader, with a unique vision of God in her own special religion As she heads north, she gathers a group of followers, with their own issues, starting with two from her own community By empowering these various survivors and encouraging them to protect each other and themselves, she builds a cohesive group, seeking their ow [...]

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