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Parable of the Sower: the New York Times bestseller Tapa blanda – 20 agosto 2019
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The extraordinary, prescient NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling novel.
'If there is one thing scarier than a dystopian novel about the future, it's one written in the past that has already begun to come true. This is what makes Parable of the Sower even more impressive than it was when first published' GLORIA STEINEM
'Unnervingly prescient and wise' YAA GYASI
We are coming apart. We're a rope, breaking, a single strand at a time.
America is a place of chaos, where violence rules and only the rich and powerful are safe. Lauren Olamina, a young woman with the extraordinary power to feel the pain of others as her own, records everything she sees of this broken world in her journal.
Then, one terrible night, everything alters beyond recognition, and Lauren must make her voice heard for the sake of those she loves.
Soon, her vision becomes reality and her dreams of a better way to live gain the power to change humanity forever.
PRAISE FOR OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
'In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time... for sheer peculiar prescience, Butler's novel may be unmatched' NEW YORKER
'Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision' GUARDIAN
'Octavia Butler was a visionary' VIOLA DAVIS
'One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had' JUNOT DIAZ
'An icon of the Afrofuturism world, envisioning literary realms that placed black characters front and center' VANITY FAIR
'Butler writes with such a familiarity that the alien is welcome and intriguing. She really artfully exposes our human impulse to self-destruct' LUPITA NYONG'O
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Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision ― Guardian
A dark, compelling and still horribly resonant time travel story ― Independent
[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human ― New York Times
No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential... If you've ever tweeted "All Lives Matter", someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly ― The Pool
Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again ― Harlan Ellison
One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art ― Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
[A] must-read novel ― BBC
Everyone should read at least one novel by the grand dame of science fiction, and Kindred is a perfect (and harrowing and disturbing and brilliant) place to start ― Refinery 29
The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler's Kindred is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it's wimping out... This is a brilliant book, utterly absorbing, very well written, and deeply distressing. It's very hard to read, not because it's not good but because it's so good ― Tor
A searing, caustic examination of bizarre and alien practices on the third planet from the sun ― Kirkus
One of the most original, thought-provoking works examining race and identity ― Los Angeles Times
Impossible to turn away from once you've devoured the first few pages ― Starburst
If you haven't read Butler, you don't yet understand how rich the possibilities of science fiction can be ― Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Butler's books are exceptional ― Village Voice
Few writers in our field are so good at blending page-turners with philosophical questions so seamlessly -- Cory Doctorow
Biografía del autor
OCTAVIA E. BUTLER (1947-2006) was the renowned author of numerous ground-breaking novels, including Kindred, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. Recipient of the Locus, Hugo and Nebula awards, and a PEN Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work, in 1995 she became the first science-fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship 'Genius Grant'. A pioneer of her genre, Octavia's dystopian novels explore myriad themes of Black injustice, women's rights, global warming and political disparity, and her work is taught in over two hundred colleges and universities nationwide.
In 2020, Octavia E. Butler became a New York Times bestselling author.
Detalles del producto
- Editorial : Headline; N.º 1 edición (20 agosto 2019)
- Idioma : Inglés
- Tapa blanda : 320 páginas
- ISBN-10 : 1472263669
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472263667
- Peso del producto : 220 g
- Dimensiones : 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº226 en Ciencia ficción (Libros)
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Set in the future (you must ignore the dates!), the USA suffers from the damage of climate change - making water a scare commodity.
The poverty-stricken masses wander the land in search of any means to survival, while thieves, rapists, and murders are on the prowl.
Lauren lives in a walled community; raised by her father, a Baptist preacher. She is plagued by a strange affliction called hyperempathy which means she feels the pain (and pleasure) of those around her. Her father raises her to hide her condition; to be strong and know how to use a gun.
The only thing I found very odd about the book was Lauren's desire to create a new religion called Earthseed, based upon the concept that God is Change. I wasn't sure what to think of all that, but I am curious enough to read the sequel someday.
As the book was written like a journal in the first-person, I will have to read one of Butler's other novels to get a real feel for her author-voice.
This book is set in 2026 and we follow 18-year-old Lauren Olamina. Lauren lives with her family in a walled-off middle class neighbourhood outside LA as American society as we know it has been rapidly breaking down thanks to global warming, economic stagnation and wealth disparity. America is a very deadly place. Lauren is born with a dangerous condition, hyper-empathy, which means she feels whatever pain she witnesses inflicted on others. When her neighbourhood is finally breached and she is forced out into the harsh new world alone, this empathy is only one of the challenges she faces. Lauren has an idea for a new kind of society, a new religion that will teach self-sufficiency and a new understanding of what God is, but to realise her dream, she first has to stay alive and learn who she can trust.
I have to say that I was left a little disappointed by this book. The story was good, the writing was excellent and I enjoyed the characters but it didn’t really seem to have any depth for me. I felt like I didn’t really know the characters and I found it hard to appreciate the full devastation of their situation. Really important events seem to be glossed over with sentences like “so and so was raped” - this distance meant that I didn’t really fully appreciate what was happening. As this is told from Lauren’s POV, I assume that this distance was deliberate, she needed to keep herself at arms length from the horrors that she saw, but this meant that I also felt at arms length. I ignored all of the writings about Earthseed, I didn’t understand it and I didn’t feel like it added anything to the story. I understand the point of the Earthseed element but I didn’t care enough to read Lauren’s scripture or take time to understand it - maybe this was why I felt a bit distant from the story and Lauren…?
Either way, I liked the different characters and I enjoyed their journey but I didn’t love the book as a whole. I will read more by Butler though, I just hope that I can get a bit more engaged with the next one.
And yet the belief system created by the main character is inspiring. I wish I could join, but am incredibly thankful the future in this book hasn't materialised.
However, I found this book a struggle to complete, after getting about a third of the way through. Learning about Lauren and her family, I was building up a good amount of interest. After this, I found the writing perhaps wasn't as descriptive as I'd like... I struggled to even visualise the characters in my mind's eye, including the protagonist, and even though some truly horrifying and traumatic things are experienced by the characters, I found it difficult to feel close to them. Possibly the additional characters weren't as fleshed out as I'd have liked them to be, or we didn't get much opportunity to learn more about them. Although the pace of the book theoretically could've been really exciting and swift (particularly with the events and horrors the characters experience) for me, personally, it wasn't, and I found myself losing focus, and reading parts again and again. I quite liked the lyrical parts at the starts of chapters: this reminded me a little of books such as The Year of the Flood, but whilst I found Atwood's lyrics diverting, the ones here became a little repetitive.
I also found myself getting irritated by missing apostrophes here and there, as well as the misuse of homonyms (e.g. hoards instead of hordes).
To sum up, then: an intriguing concept, but personally I was left underwhelmed.
The story itself follows Lauren as she begins to develop her own religious system in the form of Earthseed, a philosophy that revolves around the idea that God is change, and as such isn't something to be worshipped but instead something to be recognised and respected.
The first half of the novel gives us a good look at Lauren's life at home, and does a good job of imparting her fear of the future, that the violence and chaos taking place outside the walls of her home community will one day come through the walls and tear down the fragile safety she has grown used to. Despite her attempts to warn others of the danger she perceives she is quietened by her father, a minister whose own fears are that if the community is forced to recognise the danger then they'll simply lose hope and ultimately give in to the ongoing degeneration around them. Eventually Lauren's fears become real, and the community is attacked and destroyed in a single night of violence and fire.
Fleeing from the destruction, and having lost everything she considered important, Lauren heads North, hoping that somewhere along the way she will find a safe haven from the violence. On the way she joins with a growing group of travellers, relying on numbers to provide security. Some of these begin to show an interest in her ideas regarding Earthseed, eventually leading to the group settling down on land owned by one of the pilgrims to form the first Earthseed community.
I found this to be a riveting read, despite it being a dark and somewhat depressing view of the future. Of the books I've read by Butler it's definitely my favourite so far, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one. I would certainly recommend it to others, and would suggest that if you've not read any Butler so far you make this the first one you pick up.