Clay's Ark by Octavia E. ButlerClay's Ark by Octavia E. Butler

Clay's Ark

byOctavia E. Butler

Mass Market Paperback | December 1, 1996

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In a violent near-future, Asa Elias Doyle and her companions encounter an alien life form so heinous and destructive, they exile themselves in the desert so as not to contaminate other humans. To resist the compulsion to infect others is mental agony, but to succumb is to relinquish humanity and free will. Desperate, they kidnap a doctor and his two daughters as they cross the wasteland--and endanger the world.
OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, often referred to as the "grand dame of science fiction," was the author of several award-winning novels includingParable of the Talents, winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant and numerous literary awards, she has been acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protag...
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Title:Clay's ArkFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 0.62 inPublished:December 1, 1996Publisher:Grand Central Publishing

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ISBN - 10:0446603708

ISBN - 13:9780446603706

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definitely thought-provoking. Clay's Ark was a surprise. I read it in October and I'm still wondering if I liked the book. I could definitely appreciate why other people like her writing though. While I was expecting her to touch on issues of race, gender and sexuality, I wasn't expecting a sort of broad commentary on the state of the world outside as expressed through her dystopian view of the future. Or more accurately, I didn't expect her to go where she did to examine those race, gender and sexuality issues. And I can't really explain what I mean by that. She never explicitly states anything but there are almost off-hand comments and details that make the reader - this reader at least - rethink conventional wisdom about those issues. All I can conclusively say is I like the matter-of-factness of her writing and her book definitely made me think. I also definitely want to read more of her work.
Date published: 2008-01-15

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In a violent near-future, Asa Elias Doyle and her companions encounter an alien life form so heinous and destructive, they exile themselves in the desert so as not to contaminate other humans. To resist the compulsion to infect others is mental agony, nut to succumb is to relinquish humanity and free will. Desperate, they kidnap a doctor and his two daughters as they cross the wasteland--and endanger the world