Parable of the talents

448 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 2001 by Warner Books.

ISBN:
9780446610384

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4 stars (35 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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Warum eigentlich Religion?

4 stars

Ihre Fortsetzung des grandiosen Parable of the Sowers widmet Butler vorrangig der Earthseed-Religion, die ihre Hauptfigur Lauren Olamina gewissermaßen stiftet und der sie zur Verbreitung verhilft. Gekleidet wird das in eine tragische, oft schmerzhafte Geschichte aus Verlust und Niederlage, die über alle Maßen gelungen ist.

Allein, die vielen über das Buch verteilten Earthseed-Verse sind wirklich alle außerordentlich naiv und schlicht. Auch vermag die Idee einer „rationalen Religion“, die die Menschheit zu ihrer Destiny among the stars führt, ihre Abwegigkeit nicht abzuschütteln.

Warum eigentlich Religion? Weil nur sie die nötige Langlebigkeit an den Tag legt, um entsprechend langfristige Ziele zu verfolgen, lässt Butler ihre Olamina sagen. Das klingt plausibel: Weltreligionen wie Katholizismus, Islam und Buddhismus sind vor allem alt und über ihr langes Leben hinweg nahezu unbewegt. Aber sie verfolgen auch alle keine realweltlichen Ziele oder Zwecke. Geht es darum, so sind gerade die Systeme überlegen, die sich vermeintlich kurzfristigen Horizonten …

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

4 stars

Nothing on the cover led me to understand this was a sequel to another book, so I was a good chunk into the book before I entered it on this site. It doesn't seem to be lacking a predecessor - stands on its own alright. And it's a fine book as it is.

I'm guessing it works for me better now that I see parallels of authoritarianism and bigotry shaking up our country. So if you're wondering if Donald Trump has accomplished anything yet, he's made an old Octavia Butler book way more relevant that it ought to be.

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