Parable Of The Sower by Octavia E. ButlerParable Of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Parable Of The Sower

byOctavia E. Butler

Paperback | January 15, 2000

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Parable of the Soweris a dystopian classic of terror and hope-the story of an African American teenage girl trying to survive in an all-too-real future-from the "grand dame" of science fiction, Octavia E. Butler.

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, an empath and the daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny...and the birth of a new faith, as Lauren becomes a prophet carrying the hope of a new world and a revoltionary idea christened "Earthseed".

Chilling and thought-provoking for adult and young adult readers alike, "...there isn't a page in this vivid and frightening story that fails to grip the reader" (San Jose Mercury News).

*Includes reading group guide
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...
Title:Parable Of The SowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.15 × 1.25 inPublished:January 15, 2000Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446675504

ISBN - 13:9780446675505


Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! I absolutely loved the main character's voice. Her dark sense of humour mingled with her serious though practical belief was highly enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In many ways a reality thought his is speculative fiction there are parts of it that resonate uncomfortably with reality. It was a fascinating read, and all the more memorable for its ability to hold up a mirror to current society
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scarily predictive of so many things I'm still trying to figure out how I can love something so much when it terrifies me. I could never regret reading any work from a woman with a mind as brilliant as Octavia Butler's, however I read it right before the American election and this was probably not the best timing. I can only hope that the eerie similarities between the President in this book and Mr Trump do not have the same effect on our society!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Predicting the future (present) from beyond the grave This book is a timely read given that it is basically an account of the state of affairs in America today. A Trump like leader divides and rules amidst a nightmare of a society. Butler is an amazing author.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 90s Post Apocalyptic Mold Breaker Post-apocalyptic stories have gotten too cliche for me. I didn't realize Parable of the Sower would be post-apocalyptic (or at least apocalyptic) when I picked it up, but it turned out much better than the stuff that gave me burn-out. Still, I'm trying to figure out what exactly sets it apart. There's economic collapse, strong prepper themes, and people struggling to survive when so many others have yielded to baser instincts. There's a made-up religion, though not a supernatural one. It's more belief about survival born out by the life of the protagonist, Lauren. Her conviction that any sort of an actual god doesn't make sense drives her, while she creates a god out of change at the same time. Not a being, but a concept. Then there's the element that makes the story stand out — hope. Lauren gathers people around her not so much because Earthseed (her religion) is such an amazing thing, but because she's a good and charismatic leader, and because she is contagiously hopeful. Earthseed is named such partly because she dreams of humanity going to the stars. Her fellow travelers say that's ridiculous, but I see them catching that hope subconsciously and following her because of it. All this is tied together by Octavia Butler's masterful writing. She found the way to write that pulls complex themes and issues together with plot and character in a deceptively easy-to-read story. I'll definitely be reading more from her.
Date published: 2015-10-28

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Lauren Olamina has always thought of herself as a very average human being. She is, until all hell breaks loose in the city, and she loses her family and home to the ravages of fire. Fearing for her own life, Lauren takes refuge in the countryside, away from the urban centre’s social unrest. Something happens out here too — something inexplicable, beautiful and spiritual. Time passes, and Lauren returns to the city. She becomes a mother and continues to share her newfound faith with others around her. Unfortunately, civil chaos and bigotry are knocking at her door, and she finds herself having to choose between a religion promising to save the world and her precious little girl in Octavia E. Butler’s Parable to the Sower.

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