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Parable of the Sower

Butler, Octavia E. (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"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].
Authors: Butler, Octavia E.
Title: Parable of the sower
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publ., [2000], c1993
Characteristics: 345 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Octavia E. Butler
Notes: Sequel: Parable of the talents
"Aspect."
Reading group guide, c2000
Summary: "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].
ISBN: 9780446675505
0446675504
Branch Call Number: SF BUTLER 2000
Subject Headings: African Americans Fiction Twenty-first century Fiction California, Southern Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: African Americans
Twenty-first century
LCCN: 99046567
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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.


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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.

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