It took me much longer than usual to finish a book this size. Mostly because I felt it was too important to read quickly; I needed time, space and the ability to digest what I had read to really glean what I needed.
Parable of the Sower is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I wish I found it earlier. But certain books come to you at certain times in your life and this one had to be saved for me.
If you are at all concerned about the current state of the United States and how a Nazi is essentially President, you need to read this. If you’re not concerned about the current state of US affairs, you need to read this. If you’re just looking for your next book club book, read this. Everyone should be reading or already have read Parable.
I don’t want to say too much about plot, because I don’t want to ruin it. But what is happening is very close to our current truth. Science Fiction can hit so close to home and this story is no different. I know that sales of 1984 have increased dramatically. But so should sales in Octavia Butler’s books. Not since I read my first Harry Potter book have I felt such kinship with a story. In my own personal canon, Parable, and I’m sure Butler’s other works, will sit up there with HP and Jhumpa Lahiri and Kawabata, always on my mind, ready to be accessed at any moment, giving me guidance, inspiration and strength.
Please read Parable of the Sower, but give yourself time and space to do so. Especially at the beginning of the story, I found myself stressed and anxious when I read, the words and warnings eerily familiar.
My main take away? Like Lauren and the other characters – we must not give up hope. We must keep walking. We must keep trying to move forward. That’s how you resist.