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Parable of the Talents por Octavia E. Butler
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Parable of the Talents (original 1998; edição 2001)

por Octavia E. Butler (Autor)

Séries: Earthseed (2)

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Laura Olamina's daughter, Larkin, describes the broken and alienated world of 2032, as war racks the North American continent and an ultra-conservative religious crusader becomes president.
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Título:Parable of the Talents
Autores:Octavia E. Butler (Autor)
Informação:Aspect (2001), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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I wanted to love this book - I loved the first part of the duology and I came to this one with high expectations. And I almost did not finish it - not because it was a bad book but because it was so unimpressive at the beginning that I wondered if it may me better off to stay with the first book only. Once you go through the first 1/4th of the book, the pace and the story picks up and I am happy that I read it - even I did not like it as much as the first one, it is still a good book. And the two novels combined together are impressive - despite the beginning of this one.

The novel structure is similar to the first one - we are reading the journals of Lauren Olamina but we also get some entries from Bankole and a few more people and the entries we are getting are not selected by Lauren but by her daughter, at some point in the future, who also adds her own story and commentary at the start of each chapter. It is a slow start - the daughter story comes in pieces, not to spoil the story coming from the journals. And that's where something with the pacing seems to fall apart - the first quarter of the book sounds like the first book, except slower and more boring, as if Lauren herself selects what to publish/show.

The story picks up in 2032, 5 years after we left Acorn and its inhabitants. They had somehow survived and even if they are not exactly thriving, they had managed to make a life for themselves. After slogging through them surviving, living through an election that should not have finished as it did (reading this in 2021 makes me wonder what kind of crystal ball did Butler have...) and through more of the new religion Earthseed, the story finally picks up when Acorn is destroyed. While I can see why we needed that first part, it could have been a lot shorter and concise - the first book had most of it already and did it better... And then Larkin is born, Acorn falls and Butler finally gets to writing the story of Earthseed and Lauren Olamina.

Suffering, betrayals, people coming back after being considered dead, people dying when you least expect it and a lot of misery and heartbreak. The United States of the 2030s is anything but a happy place. But people survive and fight for their future and families. It is a cruel world, ran by zealots and idiots and it does not seem to be getting any better. But there is always a hope somewhere in there - as long as people can see future for their children, they will keep fighting.

And then there is the cult/religion Earthseed. We know that it did not die - Larkin knows about it and considers it her mother's favorite child. It is unclear early on if it is because it got widespread or because she is writing a paper about something in the past but the hints are all there. And despite it driving the story and is the point of the story, it still did not sit well with me - Lauren was getting almost zealot-ish in places, carrying more about an idea than about a person (despite what she was writing/saying, her actions showed something different). I disliked her in the first novel and I am not sure I liked her here either.

We get most of the story post-2035 only in the last chapter - I kept reading because I wanted that story. It did not disappoint but it kinda highlighted the pacing issue.

I wonder how much of my opinion of the book got colored by my expectations. I usually do not have issues with slow moving books but something here was off from the start. It felt like a book that should move faster but somehow failed to as opposed to being designed to be slow.

Still, it was worth reading. But I still find the first one to be the better book. ( )
1 vote AnnieMod | Jul 27, 2021 |
Another excellent book by Butler. But this one was so painful in many places that I almost stopped reading a couple of times. ( )
  jsabrina | Jul 13, 2021 |
The continuing story of Lauren Olamina, whose gathered followers are now part of a community called Acorn. Things seem to be going well until a white Christian demagogue is elected, whose followers take matters into their own hands, attacking Acorn, killing a number of residents, imprisoning the survivors, and removing the children, placing them into more traditional religious homes. Lauren's dreams for Earthseed are derailed, while the survivors wait for their opportunity to liberate themselves. Lauren loses and finds family without losing her faith, and is eventually paired with someone who is able to help her spread her message and find supporters. I liked the first book better, and found some of the narration confusing. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Not quite up to the first book--the plotting is uneven, and it felt like it took about 200 pages to really get going. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
diverse fiction (part 2 of 2-part series--slavery, classism, politics/religion, other issues in futuristic dystopian 2020s-2035-2090s America).

Continues the story of the main character as she searches for her abducted daughter and in building/rebuilding Earthseed.

I think I would recommend just reading the first one as a stand-alone. This one was still good, but I just thought the first one was way better in terms of pacing, as this one necessarily had long stretches of time where little happened as characters aged and continued in pursuit of long-ranging goals. You may still decide you want to know what happens to the characters after reading the first one, but the first book does end satisfactorily enough. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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Butler, Octavia E.autor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Blackford, JohnArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Flaster, AnnetteDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Johnson, Sisi AishaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Palencar, John JudeArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Puckey, DonDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Sutherland, CharlesDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Tate, IawaTraductionautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Van Ryn, AudeArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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