Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"Parable of the Talents celebrates the classic Butlerian themes of alienation and transcendence, violence and spirituality, slavery and freedom, separation and community, to astonishing effect, in the shockingly familiar, broken world of 2032. Long awaited, Parable of the Talents is the continuation of the travails of Lauren Olamina, the heroine of 1994's Nebula-Prize finalist, bestselling Parable of the Sower. Parable of the Talents is told in the voice of Lauren Olamina's daughter--from whom she has been separated for most of the girl's life--with sections in the form of Lauren's journal. Against a background of a war-torn continent, and with a far-right religious crusader in the office of the U.S. presidency, this is a book about a society whose very fabric has been torn asunder, and where the basic physical and emotional needs of people seem almost impossible to meet"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9781609807207
1609807200
Branch Call Number: SF BUTLER
Characteristics: 410 pages ; 22 cm

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scribby
Apr 06, 2017

In this quasi-science fiction novel, the author of “Kindred” spins a dark tale about survival in a near-future American dark age. The protagonist is one of the founders of a new religion (who sees it as the only way to make people to cooperate so they can rebuild the country and eventually migrate to the stars); the brutal antagonists are fanatical thugs from a fascist regime who call themselves Christian. (One of their slogans, mentioned early in the book but not revisited, is “Make America great again”, though the book was written in 1995.) It all makes for good reading. The characters, settings, and the tenets of the new religion all sound as though they could be real. However, I was disappointed that, except in a couple of furtive hints that don’t lead anywhere, the logical third option is never entertained: a Christian denomination which opposed the thuggery, supports education and betterment of society, and is actually based on the teachings of Jesus. Or perhaps, drawing from the parable in the title, the whole story is allegorical. Maybe there will be a sequel dealing with that third option, though it will have to be by another author: Ms. Butler died in 2006.

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athena14
Jan 26, 2015

Disappointing sequel to Sowers. The Earthseed lyrics became cliched new-age affirmations. I am a lesbian and the homophobic preacher made me close this book early.

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Incarnadine
Feb 21, 2012

This book is the sequel to Butler's speculative fiction classic, Parable of the Sower. Lauren Olamina's spiritual philosophy, called Earthseed, flowers, yet it cannot answer the question of how the collision of powerful beliefs, family, and cataclysmic events will turn out.
A book with lean, powerful prose, and some surprising developments! This book shifts between points of view, and has a change in focus from the first one.

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AmyS
Apr 12, 2011

A sci-fi classic! I would definitely read these again, considering buying them. Great story in a post-apocalyptic setting.

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Blue_Parable_Eagle
Dec 22, 2012

Blue_Parable_Eagle thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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