13 March 2007

Wild Seed

Just finished Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. Didn't particularly like it. The two main characters are immortals, the woman, Anyanwu, by constantly reorganizing her cellular structure, the man, Doro, by transferring his spirit from one body to another. They are set up in opposition but the woman allows herself to be placed under the man's control even though she knows she can get away and she cannot stand how he kills. I know it is sci fi but we also never get any real explanation as to why Doro has to kill. He just does. And the reader is supposed to feel sorry for Doro in some way but he never does anything worthy of our feelings. Maybe i am just not getting the metaphors; woman is creator, nurturer, healer while man is conqueror, taker, dominator.

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