Parable of the Sower PDF/EPUB ñ Parable of MOBI

Parable of the Sower PDF/EPUB ñ Parable of MOBI

Parable of the Sower [Read] ➳ Parable of the Sower Author Octavia E. Butler – In 2025 with the world descending into madness and anarchy one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better futureLauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining o In with the world descending into madness and anarchy one woman begins a Parable of MOBI :å fateful journey toward a better futureLauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles Behind the walls of their defended enclave Lauren’s father a preacher and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs disease war and chronic water shortages While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path Lauren struggles with hyperempathy a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of othersWhen fire destroys their compound Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger With a handful of other refugees Lauren must make her way north to safety along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.

About the Author: Octavia E. Butler

Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer one of the best known Parable of MOBI :å among the few African American women in the field She won both Hugo and Nebula awards In she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.

10 thoughts on “Parable of the Sower

  1. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    YA dystopian fiction but written decades before that term was coined I am embarrassed to say I had never read Octavia Butler before I’m happy I finally corrected this glaring oversight This novel set in the near future is so frighteningly prescient it is difficult to read The year is 2026 American society is rapidly breaking down thanks to global warning economic stagnation and wealth disparity 18 year old Lauren Olamina lives with her family in a walled off middle class neighborhood outside LA but she knows that their little island of relative safety will not last No one can leave the compound without risking their lives People are desperate and bereft of any hope Police and fire fighters only come to help if you have the money to pay them and even then they are likely to arrest you than assist you Few jobs pay money Most people are slipping into de facto slavery as servants to the wealthy or employees in company run towns The new president promises to “Make America Great Again” — sound familiar? — but does so by eliminating the space program and loosening all labor protections which only gives large corporations a freer hand in cutting up the carcass of the United StatesLauren is born with a dangerous condition hyper empathy which means she feels whatever pain she witnesses inflicted on others When her neighborhood is finally breached and she is forced out into the harsh new world this empathy is only one of her great challenges Lauren has an idea for a new kind of society — a new religion that will teach self sufficiency and a new understanding of what God is — but to realize her dream she first has to stay alive and learn who she can trustThis book was written in the 90s The scary thing is — the 2026 Butler imagined twenty years ago could easily happen within ten years Reading this book I felt a growing sense of claustrophobia as if I were already trapped in Butler’s disintegrating vision of America It is a haunting powerful read but not for the faint of heart

  2. Regina Regina says:

    I am going to start this review off by asking a theoretical uestion There is a huge wave coming it will wash you and everyone you love out to see What do you do? Do you back up away from the water? Move to higher ground? Build a boat to ride it out? Or do you turn your back on it play on the beach and pretend that it isn’t coming? Now imagine that it isn’t a wave of water but a wave of violence crime and people that will be unstoppable No wall will hold them back You may have nowhere ideal to go But you have access to books learning materials and you have time to prepare pack Octavia Butler speculates that most people would ignore the coming onslaught and attempt to go about their daily business not prepare and not learn It is scary to move forward and change behavior and scary to imagine the world as we know it is ending But change is necessary to survival according to Butler This is what Parable is about – change adaptation and working together in a community to accomplish the change in order to survive The main character in Parable a teenage girl named Lauren is an agent of change Lauren is unwilling to turn her back on the huge wave she knows is coming; instead she teaches herself through books everything she can learn and she prepares for what she knows and fears is coming Lauren is inspired from inside herself and is somewhat of a prophet of a new religion and philosophy Her belief is “God is Change” And she goes out to preach it The creation of the religion is a vehicle for Lauren’s story to be told and for hope to be seeded among her followers Octavia Butler published her book in 1995 so many apocalyptic novels have come after hers have incorporated elements that are present in this book It is interesting for me that Butler appears to have less acclaim but she is the predecessor of so many well known novels There are books that tell the story of the world ending by an apocalyptic event and then there are books that show you what the world would be like during an apocalyptic even – without holding back Parable of the Sower is the latter The images of lives being destroyed and violence being wrought on people just for living and just for having something anything that is wanted by those who do not have anything – these images are described in details They are not described I think for the delight of reading gore but to serve as a marker of how far society has fallen And it is a scary world that Butler describes; scary and realistic Despite that I have absolutely no point of reference for the scenes described in this book while reading I felt as though it could have been happening right outside my door There is nothing about this apocalyptic world that is romantic In Parable much of society’s downfall appears to have been caused by environmental devastation which has in turn caused economic and political devastation Polluted water toxic chemicals failed pharmaceutical and science experiments resulting in dangerous addictive drugs Butler’s book is a scary warning of pushing consumer and corporate demands to the extreme Reading this book created uestions in my mind Is this book really about an apocalyptic event? It does take place in the US California and the society that is disintegrating is American society but is this an apocalyptic event or the failure of one society? So many apocalyptic books describe world changing events; but in Parable it is shortages – gas water food governmental collapse or increasing ineffectualness but some infrastructure remains There are police but they investigate and then charge user fees; there are property taxes and there are colleges; there is electricity and there are entertainment outlets like televisions etc; there are insurance companies and resources but everything for an elevated price and most people do not have the ability to pay for these items and services What happens is that these institutions are not efficient they are not accessible to most individuals and there is a heavy cost to purchase their services There are still jobs and corporations and apparently very successful corporations People without education and without jobs crowd in to smaller housing and share space Corporations dominate certain sectors of society and provide protection and infrastructure to those who can afford it Punitive debt policies and employment policies are in place that hurt individuals but benefit corporations Isn’t this describing the current state of some countries in this world right now – maybe even in this hemisphere? Where there is no protection for the individual beyond what they can obtain from people in their community and families? Don’t people already go on migrations to new places bordering countries mega cities factory rich regions with nothing but a small savings and a hope for anything different? I see this book as an envisioning of what if these situations happened in the United States The scenarios described in Parable the extreme violence the extreme fear and the absolute lack of choices are just so out of the realm of anything most people in the US experience while living in the US that it is hard to imagine understand and relate to images like written in this book that we may read about in the news blogs or in non fiction books Butler brings it home; she recreates it here and it is absolutely terrifying At one point in the novel Lauren travels disguised as a man but she travels along side a woman who is described as highly desirable Zahra Zahra encounters problem after problem because men will just not leave her alone – and in a threatening way There is no government no structure – and no laws to protect the weak Butler describes horrible crimes that happen to females of all ages and most of them sexual What point is Butler making about the physicality of being a woman? Is she saying that in the absence of the protection of a societal framework a woman is at risk simply because she is a woman? Does this mean Butler believes this threat is inherent? I have a hard time accepting this concept but I also know I approach this concept of euality and physical integrity from an extremely privileged position The mass rapes that happen in war torn countries the use of rape as a weapon of wars and the kidnapping and use of children soldiers – these horrors that take place and demonstrate this fragile place in society that women and children can occupy But again from my extremely privileged position I have a hard time grasping that in the absence of government and infrastructure human beings will turn violent and devoid of empathy The mass chaos Butler describes is only kept out by walls guns and guards However I have mentioned this and been told by some people very intelligently that it does not take a majority to create chaos A minority of criminals and desparados are enough to create the chaos that endangers people the forces them to withdraw from society and that puts women and children at risk If the natural condition in a situation devoid of an effective government is chaos and danger how could society have evolved? Why would we be here? I do think the answer is that people would join together form a community work as a group and attempt to protect the community members And that is what I think this book is about – community bonds joint action and moving forward as a group The acceptance of change and the trusting of each other For reviews like this one check out my blog wwwbadassbookreviewscom

  3. Samadrita Samadrita says:

    For a long time I had naively held on to the notion that Octavia E Butler is the African American counterpart to Ursula K Le Guin an assumption begotten out of the commonality that both their creations despite being shoehorned into the genre of sciencespeculative fiction epitomize realities of institutionalized sociopolitical ineuities Not only has my first foray into Butler's literary landscapes altered that idea greatly but compounded my respect for Le Guin's masterful way of letting the didactic veins in a narrative segue neatly with the plot pulse so that when one turns over the last page the fatal blow to the gut has already been delivered along with the crucial message Of course it is too early to discount Butler's calibre as a storyteller of grit but rest assured she is no Le Guin By this time I have devoured enough post apocalyptic fiction to remain inoculated against both the horrors of disintegrating social orders relapsing into caveman era violence and the poignancy of surviving groups regaining lost humanity and optimism in the end But this does not mean I can remain unmoved in the face of even the umpteenth combination of potent story telling layered characterization and extrapolations of current reality to very probable catastrophic conseuences in the future Rampant murder mayhem arson and pillage drive the plot ahead here People get killed raped mutilated and cannibalized after every few pages And yet none of the savagery of aforementioned actions registers with the reader To cut a long story short 'Parable of the Sower' shows all the finesse of a bull in a china shop while revealing its many thematic concernsLauren Olamina the young adult protagonist is a hyperempath with the ability to experience the physical pain of others and yet ironically it is her journal entries which are glaringly toneless and devoid of any discernible emotion Even when she expresses her anguish at some tragic turn of events only a resilient stoicism is palpable in her narrative voice The occasional philosophical rumination that she rustles up hints at all the solemnity of fortune cookie sentiments As is obvious from the blurb there are issues of gender class race sexual orientation climate change and human conflict simmering beneath the surface of dystopian barbarity but they are all paraded one by one for the reader's benefit without a modicum of discretion Sprinkling a narrative with sentences like 'So and so was also raped' is hardly the ideal way to drive home the fact of pervasive misogynyNegatives aside the book still deserves brownie points for the insightful commentary on religion if not for designating the individual capacity for empathy as the glue which binds together conflicting elements in a civilization Worship is no good without action With action it's only useful if it steadies you focuses on your efforts eases your mind In course of circumventing a minefield of dystopian evils in search of a safe haven Lauren inadvertently establishes a new religious order centered or less around the idea of secular humanism intending it to be a guiding force to shape the future endeavours of the survivors she helps unite as a community As per the aphorisms of Lauren's 'Book of Earthseed' aka the new age Bible God is change and only by accepting change and embracing the notion of diversity can the welfare of the human race be a realizable prospect This is old wine in new bottle no doubt but there's an oh so unsubtle implication that although all core religious ideas are grounded in survivalist logic at the onset they eventually fragment into toxic ideologies misused by various groups to advance their respective sectarian agendas The universe is God's self portrait I am not really holding my breath but here's to hoping my next brush with Butler's writing fares better than this one

  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    I read this book in its entirety on the bus from New York back to Balti It's a strange thing reading a dystopian novel on public transportation After every chapter I paused and looked around at the cars traveling in both directions obeying commonly accepted rules of the road; and at the forty five strangers sitting around me all adopting a social contract in which we sit uietly for three hours keep our own personal space and leave others to their seats their money their food their coats their belongings I thought about the home compounds I've seen in South Africa surrounded by high walls and razor wire guarded by dogs and how those do not make the walled community at the start of this novel such a stretch even if the world outside those walls is not as bleak as the one depicted here I tend to wade into dystopian novels carefully My tendency to apply whatever I'm reading or listening to or watching to real life makes it a bad idea for me to read bleak books The Road turned me into a hermit for weeks Thankfully Butler managed to weave a thread of hope into Parable of the Sower It helped that the narrator Lauren is a teenager She is pragmatic but not completely jaded She has grown up in the world as it is and doesn't harbor memories of the world as it was There are many incidents in the book that were difficult to read but I was too wound up in Lauren's story and had to keep going to find out what happened to herThere are actually a number of similarities between The Road and Parable of the Sower; so many that I can't help but wonder if McCarthy's book is in some way a response to this one McCarthy's novel got far attention but I think Butler actually paints the accurate picture of humanity for good and for bad

  5. s.penkevich s.penkevich says:

    ‘ The world is full of painful stories’When the world falls apart and people are beset by intense suffering and sadness many turn to religion for the assuring promise of a better place beyond death In Parable of the Sower an intensely riveting and disuieting vision of America’s collapse by Octavia Butler teenage Lauren Olamina instead asks why should we resign ourselves to hope in paradise after death when we could rise up with the power to fight the suffering we face while alive to embrace a brighter tomorrow for all Lauren lives in a community protected by a wall from the violence outside and is afflicted with a condition of hyper empathy Her perspective on other’s pain shapes her towards a revolutionary new beginning for humanity if she can survive that is Drawing from the biblical parable from which the novel takes it’s name this is a novel about the seeds of hope that we must believe can grow even in the darkest of nights and the harshest terrains Butler plunges the reader into a bleakness of humanity where capitalism has reformed a fresh take on slavery and worker’s oppression as the economy gasps is dying breaths while all around chaos reigns supreme Harrowing yet hopeful Butler’s novel rightfully belongs in conversation with 1984 and Brave New World as a prescient portrayal of social collapse while offering a way forward through embracing change and empathy‘ Freedom is dangerous but it's precious too You can't just throw it away or let it slip away’Butler pulls no punches in her world building Beginning in 2024 Lauren has been born into an America ravaged by climate change violence and a collapsing economy that opened the door for outlandish ineuality A new President takes the helm on a platform to remove government programs and revitalize jobs creating a fresh revitalization of Company Towns and debt slavery The set up between a willful acceptance of a debt one can never pay off or succumbing to the violence that is spreading offers little chance of hope in lives already resigned to nothing than a short lifespan having babies and suffering Published in 1993 the parallels to our modern sociopolitical climate are striking such as the pits of debt or fear of losing health care that keep people locked in less than desirable jobs the 2018 comedy Sorry to Bother You from Boots Riley does an excellent job comedically skewering this concept as well highly recommended Butler bares her teeth in her critiues of capitalism and the slow creep on human rights that perish for the sake of “economic progress” that only seems to benefit the established elite‘ There is no endTo what a living worldWill demand of you’When it becomes necessary for human life to be normalized as expendable is the system even worth upholding? ‘ Will it be legal to poison mutilate or infect people—as long as you provide them with food water and space to die?’ Lauren wonders as those around her flee to the illusion of safety in the newly created company town As she will say in the seuel Parable of the Talents ‘ In order to rise from its own ashes a Phoenix first must burn’ Like a phoenix Lauren wishes for a new future to rise from the ashes of her dying society which she uite literally witnesses being burnt by roaming gangs who then murder all her friends and family as they try to flee The God of her forebearers has failed to provide meaning for her any and those who follow the old ways seem of an obstacle to a chance of progress than a safety net Butler demonstrates how many of our problems are blatant and in our face but we have been socialized to accept them and those who speak out and warn others or offer an alternative like Lauren are dismissed as fearmongering and alarmism This is a story about what happens when your warnings are correct but the devastation gives no room for validation Remember the parts of The Road that haunt you? Now imagine that sustained for a full novel The second half of this book follows people walking a freeway under constant siege of theft and murder long nights keeping watch and all the nightmares along the way ‘ That’s all anybody can do right now Live Hold out Survive I don’t know whether good times are coming back again But I know that won’t matter if we don’t survive these times’Butler evokes the spirit of Frederick Douglass in Lauren who like Douglass had the rare ability to read and write in her oppressed community As her small group of refugees trudge north she considers how they have become a sort of ‘ modern underground railroad’ taking in those fleeing prostitution or debt slavery those fleeing a wasteland where everything they love was stolen from them Douglass surreptitiously taught slaves how to read and write using the Bible as the primary text Lauren who is teaching her friends is also spreading religion But unlike when the oppressed embraced the God of their oppressors an act of defiance and spiritual salvation here they are rejecting the God of old in place of a new one EarthseedLike the farmer from the biblical parable from which the novel takes it’s name Lauren is spreading the seeds of her new ‘belief system’ God is Change Lauren says Her God is less a deity than an idea that she believes can transform humanity Writing her scripture in poetry she is walking the land preaching her new beliefs and taking in converts Like the seeds of the parable her words may fall on deaf or disbelieving ears but some like Travis or Bankole become her ‘ first converts’ All that you touch You ChangeAll that you ChangeChanges you The only lasting truth Is ChangeGod Earthseed draws on many religions Lauren’s father is a Baptist pastor which shapes her foundational thinking mixed with afrofuturism The ultimate goal is to spread humanity in peace throughout the stars which is a defiant statement in a country where the newly elected President is working to abolish the space program For Lauren God is a trickster figure an embodiment of change which to many of her hopeful converts doesn’t seem enough of a powerful cause to believe in This makes one consider why religious texts are so imbued with magic and wonder if without something magical like the resurrection of Jesus from the dead would his message of being executed by the State for standing up to them with a message of universal and euitable love as an opposition to oppression and wealth seeking for power have been passed down throughout time Lauren believes in a ‘ Book of the living’ that informs on how to create a paradise for those alive but without a magical goal it may be a difficult persuasion Yet she must still plant the seeds and hope they take in unfamiliar soil Seeds planting is thematic throughout the novel beyond religious context Lauren packs different seeds as food in her survival pack a concept she tries to introduce to her community early on but is shouted down as being alarmist for wanting people to prepare for the worst an easily empathetic scenario for teens her own age to identify with and collects different seasonal seeds as the group travels North When they find a place to possibly settle it is her seeds that offer hope for a sustainable society to flourish upon This draws a direct connection between the environmental messages and the religious ones in the novel ‘ The weak can overcome the strong if the weak persist Persisting isn’t always safe but it’s often necessary’Beyond progressive critiues of capitalism and expositions on impending climate crisis Butler’s narrative embraces intersectionality and unity as imperative to survival ‘ Embrace diversity’ Lauren preaches in her poetry as her group begins to pick up a variety of people ‘ Unite— Or be divided robbed ruled killed By those who see you as prey Embrace diversity Or be destroyed’ There is a strong message of identifying the usefulness or any individual they welcome into their group both despite their differences but also by recognizing and embracing differences Lauren passes herself off as a man to make her initial party appear like a heteronormative couple which attracts less attention The biases we find in today’s society are elevated in Butler’s apocalyptic vision to remind us that certain groups bear privileges others do not By recognizing them they are able to subvert them and take note of which social constructs enable violence upon others Identifying the points of oppression are necessary to correct themIt’s curious how Butler is always relegated to the Sci Fi genre and shelved accordingly in bookstores Not that there's anything wrong with Sci Fi but as Ursula K Le Guin has spoken and written extensively on the genre is often used as a diminutive to distract from many socially conscious works She says it is a ‘ lingering problem’ in the book community where ‘ the maintenance of an arbitrary division between “literature” and “genre become limitations rather than possibilities read the full interview here Why does Parable end up in the Sci Fi section whereas Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale McCarthy’s The Road or 1984 and Brave New World are considered Literary fiction? Of the latter two Butler’s world feels the least dated and is in many ways socially progressive than any of these aforementioned titles Her other work Kindred happens to contain time travel yet the Outlander series remains shelved in fiction Admittedly many of Butler’s novels are in fact Sci Fi narratives but there is a strong literary aspect to them and this is worth considering For all the dystopian collapse and horror of gangs fueled by drugs that give them sexual satisfaction from fire yep the heart of this novel is one of social justice and dramatic social and economic revolution but most importantly the necessity to embrace change in order for these things to grow in a fertile soil of progress‘ Belief Initiates and guides action— Or it does nothingOctavia Butler is an absolute gem of a writer and while it is sad that the current state of world affairs leads people to seek out a book like this I’m glad Butler was there to have a nearly perfect one ready and waiting Earthseed is an interesting concept to consider particularly because it is fairly secular so those without a religious bent will not be turned off by strong focus on developing an afro futurist belief system In fact it’s all rather beautiful and encouraging This is the book I would most recommend for those looking for something in the 1984BNWetc category of dystopian classics Butler invites us all to help build a better world before it is too late 455‘ It took a plague to make some of the people realize that things could change’

  6. J.L. Sutton J.L. Sutton says:

    A lot of things changed for the survivorsIt took a plague to make some of the people realize that things could change2024 is bleak very bleak The following years are even darker The United States looks like it is in its death throes In Parable of the Sower Octavia Butler presents a society broken into enclaves all fighting for their survival But outside their walls it's worse Unfortunately that's where our hyper empathy syndrome heroine Lauren Olamina is headed There's a lot to think about here but whether anything positive can come of the horror is still an open uestion at the end of the novel The writing is engaging and even when describing the madness of a crumbling society keeps a nearly matter of fact tone And it is believable I will keep thinking about Parable of the Sower and possibly update this review after my book club meets and discusses it 45 stars

  7. Ken Ken says:

    Parable of the Sower isn't the easiest book to read The prose is clear and uncomplicated but the content can be hard to take This is a close to home dystopia one which I found hard to dismiss as improbable And the world that it depicts is cruel and ugly Even the well meaning must do ugly things to surviveThis is science fiction only in the most technical sense Sure it's set in a hypothetical future and the main character Lauren has an uncannysupernatural ability to feel the pain of others But there is no reliance upon imagined technologies alien races or superhuman heroics to move the plot along The framework of this fictional universe is our own moved forward in time to a barren futureLauren is intent upon founding her own religion Her ideas are represented by excerpts from her poetry at the beginning of each chapter As the story progresses Lauren explains her ideas to many initially skeptical people I was a little bit unhappy with this central aspect of the book the ideas and Lauren's writing felt to me a lot less deep and meaningful than Lauren intendedBut what was Octavia Butler's intention? Did she intend these ideas and Lauren's writings to be full of meaning resonance and depth? Was it supposed to be a bit naive and simple but with potential which is how I felt? The answer isn't to be found in this bookWhen I finished the book satisfied at its refusal to come to a pat conclusion or judgment about Lauren's ideology I found out that there is a seuel I look forward to it and to finding out whether Lauren's ideas mature once put to the test Apparently Butler had begun to work on a third book in this series but sadly she never completed itOh one warning don't read the back cover At least for the edition I have the description on the back gives away a crucial major turning point in the plot that occurs midway through the book I hate knowing too much in advance and I would have been really irritated had I seen that beforehand

  8. Matthias Matthias says:

    I often wonder about religion Its roots its power its conseuences When looking at the religion that had the biggest influence on my life I sometimes wonder if that belief system isn't just a biography that got out of hand We've got the life of Jesus described to us the good deeds he did and the things he had to say and people picked it up learnt it liked it loved it embraced it fought for it killed for it died for it Whoa that escalated uickly Such a tiny harmless thing as a moral compass doing so much harm I've caught myself thinking about how nifty it would be if my life story would turn into a religion and what impact writings about it would have on later generations Telling people about that time when I gave a sandwich to a poor guy or the one where I forgave a friend after he had put chewing gum in my hair Or when I waited with washing my dishes for an entire week and had to scrub a bit harder to get the crusts away What impact would those writings have a couple of generations from now? And on the seventh day he decideth to wash the dishes and saw that it was difficult In this day and age at least where I live the moral compass no longer seems to be the Bible But does that mean our morals and behavior are no longer guided by religion?When Christiano Ronaldo visits a sick kid it's as if a beautiful miracle happened when Messi tells us not to be racist we accept his wise words when Coca Cola tells us to enjoy life and Nike tells us to just do it we do it What's the difference with Jesus except for the time they were living in? A viral video of a beggar giving what little he has and being immediately rewarded for it a meme of a bully being kicked in the nuts a social experiment on domestic violence on men filmed in a public suare guided by a solemn song and big white words scrolling over pointing us to what's right What's the difference between my Facebook feed and a page in the Bible? Could a simple idea as Enjoy life be the seed of a religion? These are some of the uestions that were inspired by this book Parable of the Sower In it Octavia Butler tells the story of Lauren Olamina a young girl who holds the seed of a new religion Earthseed Aside from the religious aspect this book also presents us with a dystopian future a future that is as alarming as it is a possibility that only seems to have increased in likelihood since the time this book was written in the late ninetiesLauren lives in a small community surrounded by walls The community is not rich but fairly well off compared to what's out there She lives on an island of the privileged amidst an ever rising ocean of those who fell and got left behind It's not a particularly warm community with lots of suspicion gossip and resentment even within families but at least they have chicken to breed and vegetable patches to work on Outside the walls poverty is king and violence is ueen A new drug turns people into raging pyromaniacs It is clear for both the protagonist and the reader that the walled community will not be able to stand up to these increasing dangers for a long time that it will be swallowed up whole The way Butler describes this situation the sense of impending danger and how Lauren reacts to it was done brilliantly And it's sad to say but I could relate Bombs blowing up ever closer to home streams of refugees looking for shelter shelters blown up refugees joining other refugees looking for safe havens that build walls around them to keep the problems out well you get the picture we all watch the news In the midst of all this Lauren has discovered a new religion That's what the author and her protagonist decided to call it and it starts off very promising with inspiring verses around the idea that the one undefeatable constant is change The religion centers around the idea that God is Change Lauren insist she found this wisdom and did not construct it making her belief very firm and her resolution to spread it even greaterUnfortunately it doesn't get much richer than that The idea isn't really expanded upon there's no clear moral conseuences aside from the fact that one can shape change through one's own actions and accept change when one can't steer it The title refers to seeds and sowers but it seems that the idea of God being change is the full grown plant and that's all you get The part of Lauren's life described in the book also isn't inspirational in the way Jesus' or Zlatan Ibrahimovic' is It's a story of people on the run The dangers they encounter and the people they meet all seem to melt together in one big ball of misery that gets harder to relate to as the book progresses This book does not hold one sparkle of joy or humor and actually has little emotion to offer in general It's unceasingly and unremittingly bleak and depressing Parable of the Sower is presented as excerpts of Lauren's journal but is written in such a factual way it's difficult to relate to her or anyone surrounding her By the end of the book I still had a hard time discerning between some of the characters I'm also pretty sure this is actually a Young Adult novel only I didn't realize it very uickly which is a compliment for any YA novel in my book But some aspects like the hyperempathy syndrome due to which Lauren feels physical pain whenever someone around her is hurting just feels a bit too Disney for lack of finding a better word You know the one where a trait with morally desirable conseuences is considered a dangerous thing to be ashamed of You don't need to have hyperempathy to feel where this is going All of this to say that this book starts off with a brilliant setting and idea in the first half 5 stars but seems to waste its potential in the second 3 stars I have to add that the ending of this book is clearly not the end of the story which continues in Parable of the Talents a book I'll start reading tonight I have hopes that after all the running from fires dogs and cannibals in book one of the philosophical potential is unlocked in this seuel Maybe the God is change plant will bear some fruits after all

  9. Apatt Apatt says:

    When I started reading this book I immediately felt inclined to rate it five stars even before finishing the first sentence Hardly fair or reasonable I know but that's love I have loved Octavia Butler since reading Wild Seeds a couple of years ago I went on to read Kindred and the Lilith's Brood trilogy which only solidified my love for this dear departed lady and all she stood forHaving said that I initially felt a little disappointed with the first chapter of Parable of the Sower because the setting is rather mundane not fantastical like the other Butler novels that I have read Butler had such an immense imagination that her sci fi books are always full of a sense of wonder but Parable of the Sower’s setting seems like a typical dystopian scenario nothing very outlandish walk the Earth However once I settle into the book and became familiar with the characters I was swept away by the storytelling and it no longer matters what the setting is what genre is or even what the basic plotline is I was there with the characters the only thing that matters is what is happening to them on the current page Parable of the Sower is a dystopian novel set in what seems like a post apocalypse America but there was never a single apocalyptic event no nuclear war and blasted irradiated landscape It seems that the world just went down the toilet of its own accord If I can just steal this line from Octaviabutlerorg “When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos not even gated communities are safe” The central character is Lauren Olamina an eighteen year old girl at the beginning of the novel she lives a stable and relatively safe life with her family but one day her family and the entire community is destroyed by drug crazed pyromaniac raiders Lauren – the smartest character in the book – anticipated such a disaster from the current state of affairs so she was able to grab a prepared emergency pack and hit the road her family is all killed though Lauren has a long term ambition to found a community and a religion of sorts which will ensure the survival recovery and even progress of mankind A project she calls “Earthseed” So after the destruction of her family the story is of her trek with across America – with a few friends she meets along the way – to find a place where they can settle in and start building a meaningful life Parable of the Sower is a very bleak yet optimistic novel The story is driven by Lauren’s indomitable will and her grace under pressure “The weak can overcome the strong if the weak persist Persisting isn’t always safe but it’s often necessary”Lauren’s only weakness is her hyperempathy a condition that causes her to feel the pain of any person she perceives to be feeling pain not by any kind of telepathy it is of a psychological condition from a birth defect This makes fighting and self defense very difficult but she always does whatever she has to do to survive The US depicted in this book is mostly in a state of anarchy there is some kind of ineffective government in place and the police are mostly as bad – or worse – than the savages robbers rapists and cannibals roaming the landAs I expected the book is powerfully and beautifully written in epistolary format The characters are complex vivid and entirely believable If you are particularly sueamish some violent parts can be hard to read though it is nothing compared to modern day “grimdark” fantasy like A Game of Thrones Though the book’s title is taken from the New Testament Parable of the Sower is not a religious novel much less a Christian one though Lauren’s Earthseed concept uses aspects of religion to inspire potential followers More importantly it is a moving and thought provoking story about what makes living worthwhile There is a seuel called Parable of the Talents which I will read fairly soon I intend to read all her novels anyway unfortunately there are only a few left that I have not readUpdate Dec 2015 I have read the seueal Parable of the Talents it does not disappoint

  10. Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestI read PARABLE OF THE SOWER for the first time as a teenager and I'm kind of surprised at how much I've forgottenhow much went over my head It's a typical post apocalyptic book in some ways but revolutionary in others First it's peopled with a very diverse cast with black Asian and Latino characters to the point that they overshadow any Caucasian characters California is one of the most ethnically diverse states in the US so it was refreshing to see a book that actually reflected that makeupSecond PARABLE OF THE SOWER isn't dated at all It still feels contemporary Many of the issues climate change increase in criminal drug use hyper inflation racially charged violence gangs are still relevant today The only thing that truly places a time stamp on this book are the lack of cell phones and internet but those things don't really have a place in a post apocalyptic society anyway which is maybe why this worksLauren lives in a cushy gated community with her preacher father They've walled themselves off from the rest of the world with high tech razor wire and rely on themselves and no one else Lauren knows they have it good but isn't sure this is a sustainable way of life; their relative ease is stirring up the resentment of outsiders and she's afraid that their safety is making them soft and unprepared for what awaits them outsideSpoiler Lauren is right and the worst does come to pass only because nobody believed her or took her seriously everyone is woefully unprepared Not Lauren though She's a great character It's refreshing to see a female protagonist who makes good decisions and is willing to do unsavory things if it means survival She isn't without a moral compass though; in fact in her journal she's coming up with the tenets of her own religion which she calls EarthseedThe religious angle is a little weird and almost Heinleinesue made so by the fact that Lauren has something called hyper empathy syndrome which means that she feels the pain and the pleasure that she sees in the people around her I thought that was pretty weird Psychic mumbo jumbo like that is pretty common in the sci fi of the 70s and man did those authors love to preach PARABLE OF THE SOWER is different from those books in that it has strong female heroines an ethnically diverse cast morally ambiguous characters and a genuinely and terrifyingly plausible world that sings a swan song for an earth that may be beyond salvation but also maybe not35 to 4 stars

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