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Parable of the Sower

de Octavia E. Butler

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"Parable of the Sower is the Butlerian odyssey of one woman who is twice as feeling in a world that has become doubly dehumanized. The time is 2025. The place is California, where small walled communities must protect themselves from hordes of desperate scavengers and roaming bands of people addicted to a drug that activates an orgasmic desire to burn, rape, and murder. When one small community is overrun, Lauren Olamina, an 18 year old black woman with the hereditary train of "hyperempathy"--which causes her to feel others' pain as her own--sets off on foot along the dangerous coastal highways, moving north into the unknown"--… (mais)
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Interesting, original story. Writing is alright, nothing awe-inspiring. ( )
  RaynaPolsky | Apr 23, 2024 |
Not sure why I happened upon this classic sci-if novel, written in 1993, which interestedly begins its narrative in 2024. It might be because my current Libby App is not offering much in the way of decent literary fiction. So somewhere I heard this author mentioned and decided to venture into unknown territory. Octavia Butler became the first science-fiction writer to be awarded a MacArthur fellowship, and the book is often grouped with 1984 and the Handmaid's Tale.
The narrator, Lauren Olamina, is a 15 year old girl living in a walled California community, trying to fend off the outside groups from invading. Climate change, poverty and unemployment have created this Mad Max existence- speculative fiction; no aliens or vampires, just a projection of what was current issues. "I considered drugs and the effects of drugs on the children of drug addicts. I looked at the growing rich/ poor gap, at throwaway labor, at our willingness to build and fill prisons, our reluctance to build and repair schools and libraries, and at our assault on the environment. In particular, I looked at global warming and the ways in which it’s likely to change things for us."
In addition to the vivid portrait of the setting, the narrator is equally engaging. Lauren has hyper-empathy, meaning she feels the pain of others as her own. She is a sharer. She also is forming the tenets of her our religion- Earthseed, where God is Change. Butler writes"change is the one inescapable truth, change is the basic clay of our lives. In order to live constructive lives, we must learn to shape change when we can and yield to it when we must. Either way, we must learn and teach, adapt and grow."
The arc of the novel is a journey Lauren takes with others when her community is destroyed. Having lost her family, she bonds with others to hopefully find a place where they can exist. The novel reaches a satisfying ending but also sets up the sequel.
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The dogs used to belong to people—or their ancestors did. But dogs eat meat. These days, no poor or middle class person who had an edible piece of meat would give it to a dog.

And you know that drug that makes people want to set fires?” She nodded, chewing. “It’s spreading again. It was on the east coast. Now it’s in Chicago. The reports say that it makes watching a fire better than sex.

I like Curtis Talcott a lot. Maybe I love him. Sometimes I think I do. He says he loves me. But if all I had to look forward to was marriage to him and babies and poverty that just keeps getting worse, I think I’d kill myself.

“That’s the ultimate Earthseed aim, and the ultimate human change short of death. It’s a destiny we’d better pursue if we hope to be anything other than smooth-skinned dinosaurs—here today, gone tomorrow, our bones mixed with the bones and ashes of our cities.” ( )
  novelcommentary | Apr 9, 2024 |
Well written in terms of character and world-building but it felt 'lite' almost conceited, a faint smug sense of 'I'm alright' all the way through and didn't properly capture the fear, uncertainty and unpreparedness the characters would actually have - which is ironic because that was part of the message it was trying to convey.

One of those the future is now books. Written decades ago, the opening is a futuristic 2024. We had managed to develop much better technology (although phones are close and not envisaged) but the trends of growing extremism and drug gang segregation, enclaves and no-go areas, have all risen much faster and overcome the world. Our heroine is living in a low-middle class such enclave surrounded by the mostly lawless and feral Outside. More feared than experienced. However the frequent attempts to break in are proof that at least some of the fears are real. It of course all comes crashing down and she's forced to flee, initially alone, but then with a small but growing crowed of trusted friends and companions to whom she preaches her new-though religion - why don't we all try to be nicer to each other.

I'm sure at the time it was ground-breaking and much disliked by many of the conservative side, even though it's portrays the evils of drugs etc. but I could never quite suspend my disbelief far enough, not just from the timeline, but also in how the enclaves and towns they passed through survived. Civilisation relies on a lot more integrated networks than seemed to exist. And all the people she met were either nice or obviously terrible, and the world just doesn't work that way. ( )
1 vote reading_fox | Mar 15, 2024 |
This is such a hard book to rate according to a 5 star system. I'd give it 4.5 if I could. In many ways it reminds me a great deal of [b:The Left Hand of Darkness|18423|The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)|Ursula K. Le Guin|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1488213612l/18423._SY75_.jpg|817527]--in its plot structure and in some of its flaws. ( )
  localgayangel | Mar 5, 2024 |
Dramatic post-apocalyptic world narrarive that serves as background to a philosophical discussion about god as change. Many interesting themes spring from the world of misery and violence.

A cult of firearms places the book in US context.

The religious tome sometimes takes away from believability of the story. ( )
  yates9 | Feb 28, 2024 |
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