- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd (9 Aug. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0704344211
- ISBN-13: 978-0704344211
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Parable of the Sower Paperback – 23 Feb 1995
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"Gripping... poignant... succeeds on multiple levels." The New York Times Book Review
"Literate... thoughtful. And a real gut-wrencher." Washington Post Book World
"A powerful story of hope and faith in the midst of urban violence and decay... Excellent science fiction and a parable of modern society." Denver Post
"A prophetic odyssey." Essence
"Simple, direct, and deeply felt." Library Journal
"Artfully conceived and elegantly written." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"There isn't a page in this vivid and frightening story that fails to grip the reader." San Jose Mercury News
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From the Back Cover
The first book of the Earthseed series (the second being the Nebula Award winner Parable of the Talents).
Set in the early 21st century in a California where civilisation has all but broken down and poverty and uspeakable violence is the norm, this is a horrifying vision of what might be. Teenage Lauren Olamina is one of the few citizens fortunate enough to have a home ... However Lauren, knowing ... there must be a better way to live invents Earthseed, an entirely new religion that holds workable, positive solutions to society's ills. When the worst happens and her neighbourhood is invaded and destroyed, Lauren embarks on a perilous journey to find a place far away from the horrors of LA ...
'The missing link between Marge Piercy and Ursula Le Guin ... surreal, sensual science fiction.' EverywomanSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
best writers in the business. The novel succeeds on
multiple levels; the characters are well-drawn and engaging,
particularly the protagonist. The examination of a society
destroyed not by some impending apocalypse, but by the
breakdown of an obsolete structure, is only one aspect of
this modern parable. Butler's writing is beautifully
clear, spare and concise; she uses the epistolary form to
its best advantage. I highly recommend it!
The story itself follows Lauren as she begins to develop her own religious system in the form of Earthseed, a philosophy that revolves around the idea that God is change, and as such isn't something to be worshipped but instead something to be recognised and respected.
The first half of the novel gives us a good look at Lauren's life at home, and does a good job of imparting her fear of the future, that the violence and chaos taking place outside the walls of her home community will one day come through the walls and tear down the fragile safety she has grown used to. Despite her attempts to warn others of the danger she perceives she is quietened by her father, a minister whose own fears are that if the community is forced to recognise the danger then they'll simply lose hope and ultimately give in to the ongoing degeneration around them. Eventually Lauren's fears become real, and the community is attacked and destroyed in a single night of violence and fire.Read more ›
It never ceases to amaze me how ambitious Butler is! In earlier novels, she invents a divide of human speciation as well as a hybrid race that springs from extraterrestrial genetic traders. At the center of this story is an empath - a mutant whose abilities are not as fantstic as those in Butler's other novels - who embarks on a crusade to found and lead a new religion.
Thus, Butler addresses the great themes of humanity with great inventiveness and utterly superb writing. She is a first rate novelist.
Howver, I did find this novel rather slower than her others.
Read this book for the author's unflinching apocolyptic vision and the very human hope which springs from it, and leave the poorly articulated spiritual element behind.
BY: Octavia E. Butler
296 pp New York
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By: Joe Katz for ICS email@example.com
There is more to _Parable_ than just a good story. Octavia Butler is
one of the Best Authors I've read. Every book she writes leaves you thinking
about humanity. I know the genera "science fiction" turns many people off,
but as Octavia Butler says, "I write stories about people; if they want to
call it science fiction, they can." For _Parable_, she has won the McCarthy
Genius award. This prize grants the recipient an undisclosed amount of money
so the "genius" will be able to do whatever they want for three years. As far
as I know, no one who has read this book has hated it. As for me, I've read
it 5 times now and I'm still moved by it.
All that you touch
All that you Change
The only lasting truth
EARTHSEED: The book of the living
These passages are from the opening of _Parable_, a story of a Journey of
spirit and foot. Lauren Olamina is a young African-American girl growing up
in a walled-in cul-de-sac in the suburbs of Los Angeles. This cul-de-sac is
your average lower middle class walled-in neighborhood. Steel gates and
laser-wire, topped with broken glass. Outside the wall, starving people
Behind these walls, Lauren is growing up. Her father is a Baptist
minister and Lauren, well, she doesn't know what she is.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put it down. I am now buying copies for my daughters, amazing book. A terrifying look at what our future could be.Published 6 months ago by MurphyLou
this book was challenging, a page-turner and beautifully written!Published 18 months ago by eglantine
One of the best post-apocalyptic books ever written. My copy is falling apart - this one was a gift for a friend.Published 22 months ago by V N CADOGAN RAWLINSON
Unusual view of the future. All quite plausible written carefully with well described characters. I enjoyed it enough to buy the next in the series.Published on 31 Aug. 2014 by K. Law
A masterpiece by a matchless artist. Butler is simply sublime and Parable of the Sower exemplifies why this is so.Published on 25 Nov. 2013 by Book Wizard
Post-apocalyptic literary scenarios have been a dime a dozen since well before Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and these days it takes something quite remarkable - like Cormack... Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2010 by Olly Buxton
The narrative holds your interest and keeps you turning the pages well enough. It's really just a conventional dystopian fantasy, though, told in pretty spare, conventional prose... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2007 by laughing gravy
After seeing how some people reacted during Katrina... this could perfectly be our futur, but I realy hope not.Published on 13 Sept. 2005