Parable Of The Talents
Copyright 1998 by
I first read this in January 2001 and most recently on the 29th December 2001.
Thirty years from now, Lauren has devised a new religion, Earthseed,
and formed a small community to live according to its edicts.
Lauren Oya Olamina Bankole, to give her her full name, wants to expand
and spread the belief in Earthseed throughout the world, but has no idea
how to go about this.
Sadly for Lauren, America - fed-up with its decline - is beginning a move
to a far-right blend of fundamentalist Christianity and fascism.
Obviously this new America won't take kindly to Lauren's new theology.
Lauren's naive and honest approach is going to bring disaster down upon
them. Lauren, her husband Taylor Franklin Bankole, her brother Marcus
and her new daughter, Larkin, are going to have a very, very tough time as two religions
This is a good novel. The adult daughter reviews the diaries of her
mother and we are given the intriguing perspective of watching, from
the inside, as a new religion is established and developed:
Interestingly, and unfortunately topically, the book posits the religious
and moral right of America adopting attitudes more akin to those of the
Loaded on the 2nd June 2002.