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Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2017, women-authors, revolutionary-reading, 2018, re-read
Read 2 times. Last read May 23, 2018 to June 4, 2018.

I read this piecemeal while thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Reading bit by bit over such a long period of time may have diminished the impact of the narrative, and sometimes the actual prose felt a little clunky or redundant. The ideas Butler presents, however, are arresting and potent. Her description of the gradual ecological and economic decay into apocalypse of the United States feels upsettingly relevant. More importantly, her vision of a pseudo-religious impetus towards building a sustainable, adaptable community is super compelling, even inspiring. The religion of the book is as close to atheism as an organized theology could be; rather than inspiring fear and obedience, it's a system of faith intentionally designed to empower its followers, to spur them to the action of improving their world. I'm looking forward to reading part two.
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Reading Progress

November 22, 2016 – Shelved
November 22, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
April 20, 2017 – Started Reading
October 3, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
October 5, 2017 – Finished Reading
October 6, 2017 – Shelved as: women-authors
October 6, 2017 – Shelved as: revolutionary-reading
May 23, 2018 – Started Reading
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: re-read
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
June 4, 2018 – Finished Reading

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