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In Parable of the Talents, the seeds of change that Lauren planted begin to bear fruit, but in unpredictable and brutal ways. Her small community is destroyed, her child is kidnapped, and she is imprisoned by sadistic zealots. She must find a way to escape and begin again, without family or friends. Her single-mindedness in teaching Earthseed may be her only chance to survive, but paradoxically, may cause the ultimate estrangement of her beloved daughter. Parable of the Talents is told from both mother's and daughter's perspectives, but it is the narrative of Lauren's grown daughter, who has seen her mother made into a deity of sorts, that is the most compelling. Butler's writing is simple and elegant, and her storytelling skills are superb, as usual. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in what promises to be a moving and adventurous saga. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The Parable of the Talents is the story of a woman attempting to maintain stability in a world of anarchy. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2003 by dummy
I'm a huge Octavia Butler fan but this is not one of my favorites of hers.Published on Jan. 29 2003
I love this book. It shows all of human nature: the good, the bad, the chaos, the order-- and how one community can survive anything together. Read morePublished on May 29 2002 by "quusta"
This is one of the very best novels ever written; it ranks right alongside Edgar Pangborn's "Davy." The sequel to "Parable of the Sower," it is that rarity: a sequel even better... Read morePublished on May 23 2002 by watzizname
I can see why a black female author can have it in for the white, right, Christian fundamentalist movement. Read morePublished on April 30 2002 by email@example.com
I can't say that I found Parable of the Talents as thrilling as Wild Seed, but Butler's vision of an America that so easily slides into facism is especially chilling in light of... Read morePublished on March 23 2002 by Cecily Walker
This is a book in a by now well-known format, with Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy and Suzette Haden Elgin's Eartsong trilogy the parallels that come to mind immediately. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002
This book hurts. It has the potential to do so, because the scenario presented is a very plausible one indeed. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001 by Llariam