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Parable of the Talents

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ISBN13: 9780446675789
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Awards

Winner of the 1999 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
Selected as One of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly

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Lauren Olamina's love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led Lauren to found a new faith that teaches "God Is Change." But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat. And soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers — or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny.

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"Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction — period....A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature." Washington Post Book World

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"Impressive." New York Times Book Review

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"Splendid...immensely interesting...provocative, intelligent writing....A parable that deserves to be pondered." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"Enthralling...compelling and truly original." Denver Post

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"The story of three generations of Olamina women....Most touching in the novel are the friction between generations, the kinds of faith each generation indulges in, and the new families that form when traditional ones are splintered." Los Angeles Times

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"Impassioned...stands out as a testament to the author's enormous talent." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"Intricate and intense...a voice that cradles and captivates." Washington Post Book World

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"Brilliant...powerful, moving, and beautifully written." Library Journal (starred review)

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"[She creates] some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre...real women caught in impossible situations." Village Voice

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"What 'cyberpunk' author William Gibson does for young, disaffected white fans...Octavia Estelle Butler does for people of color. She gives us a future." Vibe

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"A new Octavia Butler novel is an exciting event....She is one of those rare authors who pay serious attention to the way human beings actually work together and against each other, and she does so with extraordinary plausibility." Locus

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"Butler sets the imagination free, blending the real and the possible." United Press International

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"Like William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, and other "cyberpunk" writers, she uses disciplined extrapolation to explore the dark possibilities of the near future....Butler simply takes existing helter-skelter and turns up the volume a few notches....Since the 1992 riots, premonitions of Butler's low-rise dystopia, with urban decay metastasizing in the heart of suburbia, have become commonplace." from Ecology of Fear, by Mike Davis

About the Author

Octavia E. Butler is the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Nebula Award, and she has twice won the Hugo Award. She passed away on February 24, 2006, at the age of 58.

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CorreLola, September 21, 2007 (view all comments by CorreLola)
Octavia Butler’s depiction of a distopian U.S. in the near future is both arresting and terrifying. Building on a story that started in The Parable of the Sower, Bulter tells the chilling account of Lauren Olamina's survival and her determination to expand the religion she created as a teenager: Earthseed.
Born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles, Lauren grew up during a chaotic era known as the Pox. Lauren is trained by her father to work with firearms and she teaches herself survival skills. After her home is destroyed and her family is killed, Lauren walks north to Humboldt County with a couple of surviving neighbors, collecting people she meets on the way. In Humboldt County, Lauren establishes Acorn, what she hopes will be the first of many communities dedicated to living by the principles of Earthseed. But as the political climate of the country changes, Washington turns to war against seditionist Alaska, and the fundamentalist Church of Christian America gets their leader installed in the White House, Acorn’s – and Lauren’s – future is in jeopardy.
Here Butler deals with race, gender, corporate greed, political corruption, climate change and religious fanatism. Butler shows readers a world too close to ours for comfort and it’s not hard to imagine that everything she writes in these pages could very well happen.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446675789
Author:
Butler, Octavia E.
Publisher:
Warner Books (NY)
Location:
New York : Warner Books, c2000
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Contemporary
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Social outcasts; Mothers and daughters; Child abduction; Religious fanatics; Religious conflict
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Warner Books ed.
Edition Description:
Warner Books
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1.25 in 0.79 lb

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Product details 464 pages Warner Books - English 9780446675789 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Octavia E. Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction — period....A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature."
"Review" by , "Impressive."
"Review" by , "Splendid...immensely interesting...provocative, intelligent writing....A parable that deserves to be pondered."
"Review" by , "Enthralling...compelling and truly original."
"Review" by , "The story of three generations of Olamina women....Most touching in the novel are the friction between generations, the kinds of faith each generation indulges in, and the new families that form when traditional ones are splintered."
"Review" by , "Impassioned...stands out as a testament to the author's enormous talent."
"Review" by , "Intricate and intense...a voice that cradles and captivates."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...powerful, moving, and beautifully written."
"Review" by , "[She creates] some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre...real women caught in impossible situations."
"Review" by , "What 'cyberpunk' author William Gibson does for young, disaffected white fans...Octavia Estelle Butler does for people of color. She gives us a future."
"Review" by , "A new Octavia Butler novel is an exciting event....She is one of those rare authors who pay serious attention to the way human beings actually work together and against each other, and she does so with extraordinary plausibility."
"Review" by , "Butler sets the imagination free, blending the real and the possible."
"Review" by , "Like William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, and other "cyberpunk" writers, she uses disciplined extrapolation to explore the dark possibilities of the near future....Butler simply takes existing helter-skelter and turns up the volume a few notches....Since the 1992 riots, premonitions of Butler's low-rise dystopia, with urban decay metastasizing in the heart of suburbia, have become commonplace."
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