Parable of the Sower

Butler, Octavia E.

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Parable of the Sower
Print
"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, a minister's young daughter, 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."--Cover p. [4].

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publ., [2000], c1993
ISBN: 9780446675505
0446675504
Branch Call Number: SF BUTLER 2000
Characteristics: 345 p. ;,21 cm

Opinion

From Library Staff

What is the destiny of the human race in the mist of global economic and environmental crisis?

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, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape.

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe.

California, like the rest of the world, is in jobless, violent chaos in this novel by MacArthur Genius Award winner Octavia Butler. A young Black woman whose home is in a walled community near Los Angeles is forced to flee. Lauren Olamina utilizes the example of her Baptist minister father, creat... Read More »

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, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape.


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Mar 06, 2015

Want to read a dystopia? How about sci-fi with strong female characters of color? If you haven't tried Octavia Butler, you're missing out!

Jan 29, 2015
  • erubio rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An spectacular dystopian future story set apart from the pack by its lack of big, controlling government. Lauren Olamina lives in a near-lawless society in which survival is the main goal.

Butler writes in the tradition of the best of modern science fiction, and her focus on people of color is unique in the genre. This is an excellent and thought-provoking book.

Dec 25, 2014
  • athena14 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Earthseed is "God helps those who help themselves."

Apr 12, 2011
  • AmyS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic must read if you like science fiction and post apocalyptic stories.

Oct 28, 2010
  • Incarnadine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A bleak look at a possible future. But not devoid of hope! Read the Parable of the Talents, which is the second part of this story to see what develops further! A challenging book, with lean, powerful prose.

Oct 12, 2010
  • melbl8tr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very bleak view of the future. Ms. Butler combines religion and despair to create a post-apocalyptic world devoid of hope.

Dec 18, 2009
  • CandiceKono rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Heavy, but very thought provoking.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at MCL

  Loading...
[]
[]