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Parable of the Talents de Octavia E. Butler
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Parable of the Talents (1998 original; edició 2000)

de Octavia E. Butler (Autor)

Sèrie: Earthseed (2)

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It is 2032 and Lauren Olamina's daughter Larkin narrates the story of her mother's life as she spreads the word of her Earthseed philosophy. As Larkin describes how they attain their goal of reaching the stars, she denounces her mother.
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Títol:Parable of the Talents
Autors:Octavia E. Butler (Autor)
Informació:Grand Central Publishing (2000), Edition: Warner Books ed., 464 pages
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Parable of the Talents de Octavia E. Butler (1998)

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Butler setti þessa framtíðarbók í náinni framtíð þar sem lesendur þekkja mörg vandamálin og hætturnar sem hafa yfirtekið samfélagið. Kristin öfgasamtök hafa náð völdum í Bandaríkjunum og réttindi annarra eru fótum troðin. Aðalsöguhetjurnar úr fyrri bókinni sem flúið höfðu eyðileggingu samfélags síns eru fönguð og þrælkuð þar sem þau stunda ekki rétta trú.
Við þekkjum þessa vá nú þegar og Butler tekur hana skrefi lengra í þessari fantafínu framtíðarhrollvekju. Frábær bók. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
Summary: The growth and heartbreaking destruction of Acorn, the Earthseed community founded by Lauren Olamina, and how Earthseed rose from the ashes.

In Parable of the Sower (review at https://bobonbooks.com/2020/04/03/review-parable-of-the-sower/) Octavia Butler creates a leader, Lauren Olamina, of a new religious movement in a dystopian America, and describes how she gathers a band of refugees into Acorn, a community formed around the principles of Earthseed. This work continues that story through the narration of Lauren’s daughter, who eventually, with the help of her uncle found her mother’s religious writings and journals, after being abducted as an infant by the extremist wing of a Christian nationalist group.

The chapters of the book begin with an Earthseed verse, then a section in bold print by daughter Asha Vere (born Larkin) followed by journal entries of Lauren that tell the story of the growth and heart-breaking destruction of Acorn, and what followed. Acorn was the place where Lauren and her husband Bankole built a community of refugees on his land and formulated the teachings of Earthseed, gradually drawing convinced adherents. Everyone worked and contributed, children were taught, and products of quality were sold in neighboring towns. She began to think about how they could send people out to teach Earthseed elsewhere. Amid this, the child they hoped for so long was born, who they named Larkin.

Meanwhile, Christian America, a church-based nationalist movement with political aspirations gained increasing sway in a country that wasn’t working. They brought order, housed the homeless, and their leader, Jarrett, became president on a platform of restoring American greatness by cleansing the country of all “heathen” beliefs. Her half-brother Marcos, rescued from slavers, refuses to join Earthseed, drawn by Christian America and his desire to preach. Bankole sees what is happening and wants to take Lauren and Larkin to a quiet town. Lauren refuses, convinced of the truth of Earthseed and the potential of a movement that would eventually take the human race to the stars.

Until, that is, the Crusaders, a radical arm of Christian America come, seize Acorn, imprisoning the men and women separately, and taking all the children away, placing them with adoptive parents, including Larkin. The adults were all “collared” with electronic collars. Bankole dies during the attack as does Olamina’s close childhood friend Zahra. They are supposedly being “re-educated” but no one succeeds in being released. Women are assaulted by their Christian captors and expected to be submissive.

How they escaped, overcoming their captors, and how Earthseed arose out of the ashes occupies the later part of the book. It comes down to Lauren’s “talents,” her abilities to lead and persuade people to follow, not blindly, but willingly. It also has to do with her “magnificent obsession” that she pursues, even when her brother won’t follow, or face the evils Christian America had perpetrated. Likewise, she seeks her daughter for years, but ironically, it is Marcos who finds her, misleads her about her mother and educates her, showing her love her adoptive family never did and her mother never could.

There is so much here. Butler presciently anticipates the Christian nationalism and demagoguery of our own day and its appeal, as well as the xenophobia of anything that is “other” and the subjugation of women. That is chilling. Equally interesting is her exploration of what it means to be a founder of a religious group, to know to the core of one’s being that a revelation is true, and how one cannot do other than pursue what one knows in one’s being is true. Persecution, the loss of family, and arduous work are all part of it, but also the forming of a community of the convinced.

Butler is a compelling but uneasy read. There are brutal and heartbreaking passages, but also much to provoke thought. In a sense, these books might also be parables that might come with the words of the greatest parable-teller, “Let the one who has ears, hear.” ( )
  BobonBooks | Apr 25, 2022 |
Shit, y'all got to read this. Written twenty? or so years ago and SPOT ON political precognition. The populist demagogue running for president has a slogan you'd recognize. Once in power (that's not a spoiler), he institutes a child separation program tearing babies from the arms of nursing mothers. The parallels are amazing and chilling.

That's not the story though. The story is big, practically multi-generational, and you know what? I bet Jemisin was really strongly inspired by this series (duology?) I see so many threads, moods, plot devices mirrored between this and the Broken Earth trilogy. And it's great. ( )
  Luminous-Path | Mar 26, 2022 |
Sequel, not as personally enthralling as Parable of the Sower but still very good. Having her granddaughter's commentary interspersed, while adding some missing elements of Lauren's life, was somewhat interruptive. And with the reiteration that the true purpose of Earthseed was to leave the earth, this novel loses its power as a model to reform our society on earth.
Reviewed over a month from reading, I can't provide more reaction. Donating to a Little Free Library--not powerful enough to keep in my collection, but may inspire others. ( )
  juniperSun | Feb 9, 2022 |
*** ITA/ENG ***
E' un po' triste che l'autrice non abbia potuto continuare questa saga, che dopo questo libro si sarebbe molto probabilmente spostata nello spazio per diventare fantascienza (fino al secondo libro è più di genere distopico).

Il libro è raccontato sia dal punto di vista di Lauren, sia da quello della figlia, e prosegue le avventure della prima nel creare la propria 'setta'(?) religiosa e le conseguenti sfighe a cui il mondo la sottopone. C'è un po' di tutto nel libro, e Lauren è forse uno dei personaggi meglio sfaccettati che abbia conosciuto: non è una cattiva persona, ma se la conoscessi mi farebbe forse un po' paura. Vuole diffondere il suo credo, e per farlo usa metodi più o meno indiretti, con lucidità e astuzia.

La figlia non è altrettanto ben delineata, e come il primo, anche questo romanzo si trascina un po' in alcuni punti, ma continuo a consigliarlo.
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Lauren comes back in the second novel of this series (which at this point is still more dystopian that science-fiction) and it's a pity that the author could continue this series into space colonization and beyond.

The book is still a diary, this time combined between Lauren's entry and her daughter's narration of some events after her 'sept'(?) is dispersed by a series of terrible events. Lauren is one of the more positive-yet- unnerving characters I have read about, very single minded when it comes to her religion and how to spread it in the world, but at the same times I felt for her misadventures and her losses.

Lauren's daughter is less rounded, comes across more as a narrative-device than a character, to let us know what happened when/where Lauren wasn't present.

The book is still slow in some parts, but I still recommend it. ( )
  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
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Here we are—
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Life,
Shaping life,
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We are born
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From EARTHSEED: THE BOOKS OF THE LIVING
by Lauren Oya Olamina
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To my aunts Irma Harris and Hazel Ruth Walker, and in memory of my mother Octavia Margaret Butler
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They'll make a god of her.
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Au fil des siècles, nous n'avons cessé de retomber dans les mêmes ornières. L'univers physique nous est de plus en plus familier, les progrès accomplis dans la connaissance du corps humain sont prodigieux, sciences et technologies ne cessent d'avancer à pas de géant, pourtant notre histoire résonne du fracas d'empires édifiés dans la violence, puis détruits à leur tour. Les enfants s'enflamment au sujet de guerres absurdes, de plus en plus meurtrières, qui sèment la famine, la maladie, sans perler des germes du conflit suivant. Jetant un coup d'œil rétrospectif sur ces désastres en cascade, les hommes se contentent de hausser les épaules. Ainsi va l'Histoire, disent-ils, fataliste. Depuis l'aube de la création, et nous n'y pouvons rien.
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