Posts Tagged ‘octavia butler’

The Parable of the Talents

July 3, 2011

I finished this last week and I’ve been trying to think of something to say about it here ever since, but I haven’t really been able to come up with anything. I mean, it was great and all, I was super into it. The “God is change” thing totally works and makes sense, the frequent physical and sexual assaults didn’t feel salacious or superfluous, and the narrative arc worked and made sense and crushed your heart and then re-inflated it. It did everything a book is supposed to do, pretty much, and I think maybe it did all of that so well that I couldn’t even see the gears turning/blood pumping under the surface, ’cause it didn’t even really give me much to hang onto, to talk about. Righteous indictment of Christian America? Check. Exposure of the violence that can underlie stated good intentions? Definitely. A model of a working collective community? Heck yes. Shit so fucked up that it was hard to read? Definitely. I dunno. I’m stoked to read the Parable of the Sower, which I guess takes place before this one.

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Parable of the Talents

June 20, 2011

A Phoenix
First
Must
Burn

-Earthseed verse fragment

This is also very tough and maybe when it gets cold and I need to start wearing a denim jacket instead of a denim vest again but my denim vest used to be my denim jacket so I need to start a whole new jacket I can put this on a back patch.

Parable of the Talents

June 20, 2011

You walk the roads for a while, and you wonder if anyone is still human.”

-Marc Duran, Parable of the Talents (125)

This is so badass that I almost wish I had a backup denim vest to write it on