Parable of the talents

448 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 2001 by Warner Books.

ISBN:
978-0-446-61038-4
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4 stars (77 reviews)

Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of depravity. Taking advantage of the situation, a zealous bigot wins his way into the White House. Lauren Olamina leads a new faith group directly opposed to the new government. This is the story of the group's struggle to preserve its vision.

As the government turns a blind eye to the violent bigots who consider a black female leader a threat, Lauren Olamina must either sacrifice her child and her followers or forsake her religion. The plot contains profanity, sexual situations and violence,

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reviewed Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler (Earthseed, #2)

a book I won't forget very soon

4 stars

the writing is fantastic. also there is more... story than in parable of the sower, definitely more things happening and also more hope. somebody (I forgot the source) wrote about this "parable of the sower is about problems, while parable of the talents is about solutions" and yeah, this seems true. it is also still about horrible, horrible problems. some of these chapters were really hard to get through.

also everything seems so realistic - the characters and the choices they have to face, but also the USA/world politics.

the earthseed verses feel so much on point by now. they're definitely the thing I will remember most. as religions go, it's a good one.

EDIT: I wanted to add, if you want to read this book, check out the Octavia's Parables podcast by adrienne maree brown and Toshi Reagon. It is worth it for the songs from the opera "parable …

scientology origin story lol

3 stars

Content warning spoiler

Review of 'Parable of the Talents' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

Follows a small community and mainly their leader how they try to survive and re-establish under religious oppression. Partly pretty brutal, but it shows how a kinder way tries to persist . I cried sometimes. 


Kind of a How to establish an opposing cult under christian nationalism

Review of 'Parable of the talents' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A dystopian future (2030's) plagued by a pandemic with a xenophobic president running on the slogan "make America great again", and the president's Christian extremist supporters aren't explicitly supported or admonished by then president. Slightly familiar.

I liked the different perspectives in this one. Unlike the first book, the variety of narrators in this sequel allowed the author to point out flaws (and perceived flaws) in the protagonist.

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