- Mass Market Paperback: 295 pages
- Publisher: Time Warner International; Reprint edition (Feb. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446601977
- ISBN-13: 978-0446601979
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,009,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Parable of the Sower Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 1998
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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
-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
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.' Everywoman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
And yet the belief system created by the main character is inspiring. I wish I could join, but am incredibly thankful the future in this book hasn't materialised.
While Butler employs a couple of nice devices - the P.K.Dick-eque hyperempathy condition is a neat literary device - much better in fact than the hokey "Earthseed" concept which gets unwarranted prominence in the story - but Butler doesn't do nearly enough with it to make it worthwhile. In other aspects, the novel is a little flat. There's not a much in the way of a plot arc - it's more linear: things sort of episodically muddle along to a fairly uninvolving conclusion - and nor do the characters get well fleshed out or developed. Like her protagonist Lauren, Butler throws quite a lot of "seed" about which then appears to fall on stony ground: Lauren's father disappears, presumed dead but unresolved - to no effect. Likewise, Lauren's original sweetheart is introduced, developed, and disposed with for no discernible plot-functional reason.
My hunch is that Butler was more interested in developing a quasi-religion than writing a science fiction novel, yet 20 years later, the post-apocalyptic road story is the only part that really holds up. But, all the same, it pales in comparison with Cormack McCarthy's bleaker, more eloquent visualisation, and ultimately I couldn't recommend this novel over, or even really as a complement to, The Road.
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!
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.
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