If you could give a book to someone. . .[GIVEAWAY]
. . . which one would you give?
A couple of days ago Orannia (Walkabout) wrote a post about a book that really spoke to her on a soul-deep level. At the end of her post she asked readers to share the titles of books that spoke to them in the same way.
A number of books came to my mind, but the one that seemed most relevant to the situation was Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. It’s one of my DIK books, and it really had a profound effect on me when I read it.
Here’s the description for Parable of the Sower:
Here’s what I said about it at DIK:
One of those books that has changed the way I see things. The late Octavia Butler wrote this powerful book about hope, community, and love amid a dystopian Los Angeles, over 15 years ago, yet it still feels timely. Lauren, an empath, develops a spiritual belief system that sustains her and ultimately those around her, during the dark aftermath of her community’s destruction.
I’m not big on touchy-feely, new-agey books. This isn’t one, despite the emphasis on her prophet-like persona. It’s gritty and inspiring. If you want to read a book that will touch you deeply, this is the one to read.
Today, I’m still thinking about Orannia’s post and about Parable of the Sower. I re-read it last year when it was my choice for my book club. I was so excited to see new people exposed to Octavia Butler’s profound book and really get something out of reading it. When my nephew’s girlfriend (who’s also in the book club) told me she went and read Octavia Butler’s back list after reading PotS, I was so happy. (Her oeuvre is filled with thought-provoking books on the nature of love and re-inventing the meaning of “family” units. While Parable of the Sower is my favorite by her, all of her books are worth reading.)
The upshot is that I’m dying to share Parable of the Sower with you. Octavia Butler is an often overlooked writer, and the true tragedy is that she died a few years ago. The literary and speculative fiction world lost a true giant.
To me, one of the biggest joys of reading and blogging is sharing books that are special to me with other readers.
So, I’m going to repeat Orannia’s question here, and add to it:
. . . have you ever read a book that speaks to you?
If so, please share it in the comments by midnight, Friday, April 16, 2010. I will randomly select one commenter and send them a copy of Parable of the Sower.
Thanks, Orannia, for a thought-provoking post!