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Parable of the Sower di Octavia E. Butler
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Parable of the Sower (edizione 1995)

di 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"--… (altro)
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Titolo:Parable of the Sower
Autori:Octavia E. Butler
Info:Aspect (1995), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback
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    amberwitch: Both featuring young female protagonists of colour, traveling north looking for a place to live after her society disintegrated, partially due to climatical changes.
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    ellbeecee: Near-future dystopian fiction that makes you consider what's going on and the various paths that could be taken.
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    thesmellofbooks: A very different dystopia written by a very different African-American science fiction writer. Yet the intensity and humanity of Parable of the Sower are present as well in this much older book.
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    storyjunkie: Both are tales of how to survive a world gone mad, though there are no zombies in Butler's. Both works' treatment of the human questions are equally nuanced, variable, and detailed.
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    the_awesome_opossum: Both novels are about human connections formed in the face of unusual crises. Very competent and well-written, both books had much the same vibe about them

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Like many others, I knew of Octavia Butler but had never read anything by her (yeah, I know). So when I saw this was available via Kindle Unlimited, it seemed like a no-brainer to download and try it out. I've never been one for post-apocalyptic dystopias, but it was a little painful to see how well that story then is disturbingly close to what we have now.

Main character Lauren lives in a walled city, trying to protect themselves from the outside where drugs, war, rape, disease and murders swirl all around. Eventually, Lauren is forced out of her home, which burns down to the ground, and she is left to salvage what is left of her family's belongings while trying to make her away in this awful world.

I hate to say it, but...I don't get it at all. The book was exceptionally dull, even by the standards of the genre. Despite being written in the early to mid-nineties (and being really on the nose), it wasn't particularly compelling. It felt like Lauren was going through the motions but there wasn't much urgency, not much that drove the plot for me.

I don't know if it's a matter of not wanting to read such a story right now, whether it wasn't a good fit at all, that perhaps I should have started with another Butler book, etc. but I won't be reading the next book. Normally I don't like reading a book series that isn't finished (Butler had several possible stories for a future book but she died before the third could be finished.). I'm definitely not interested in the ending.

Borrowed via Kindle Unlimited and that was best for me. This should be a book that isn't too hard to find but if you've got to buy it, buy it as a used or bargain buy. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Aug 1, 2021 |
Too many similarities with 2020 so far. This was a depressing, but also cathartic read. I'm not religious, but "God is change" feels so true and I like aspects of Lauren's Earthseed religion. ( )
  DoomLuz | Jul 20, 2021 |
It's been a long time since a novel re-set some of my paradigms. This one did so gently but powerfully.

The story itself is not a gentle one. The world Lauren Olamina lives in is cruel and violent. Climate change and economic collapse have devastated much of the US, but young Lauren -- only 13 when the book starts -- is mystified that those around her are unwilling to see and accept that things are probably going to get far worse. Her practicality leads her to a new spirituality, which she calls Earthseed: one which recognizes Change as the only 'divinity,' and human beings as capable of molding the force of Change, if they choose.

While the adults around her refuse to plan for a worst case scenario, it's her own clear-eyed foresight that enables her to escape the destruction of her community and search for a new place. With one fellow survivor, she takes to the road, learning how to survive -- and scattering her idea of Earthseed among the people who gradually join to become a community.

You don't have to accept Lauren's concept of Change as the only god to recognize its power and the affirmation it makes of the possibilities for human growth and development. Whether you characterize it as a philosophy or a spirituality, it is based on looking at the way the world works on a grand and fundamental scale and trying to constructively respect and partner with that reality. ( )
1 vota jsabrina | Jul 13, 2021 |
In a dystopian future California (in the 2020s), we see the life of young Lauren Olamina turned topsy turvy as her family and community is destroyed by violence. She is a strong leader, with a unique vision of God in her own special religion. As she heads north, she gathers a group of followers, with their own issues, starting with two from her own community. By empowering these various survivors and encouraging them to protect each other and themselves, she builds a cohesive group, seeking their own humanity in a depressing future world. The book is certainly strengthened by Butler's choice to focus for the most part on non-white and female characters, which often are minorities in novels, but are the majority here. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Unquestionably good, but brutal. Difficult (for me, anyway) to get through, but I did, and I'm glad I stuck with it. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
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Butler, Octavia E.autore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Bracharz, KurtÜbersetzerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Gyan, DeborahImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Jemisin, N. K.Prefazioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Palencar, John JudeImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Puckey, DonProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Prodigy is, at its essence, adaptability and persistent, positive obsession. Without persistence, what remains is an enthusiasm of the moment. Without adaptability, what remains may be channeled into destructive fanaticism. Without positive obsession, there is nothing at all. -- EARTHSEED: THE BOOKS OF THE LIVING by Lauren Oya Olamina
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All that you touch
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It seems almost criminal that you should be so young in these terrible times. I wish you could have known this country when it was still salvageable.
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