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Oryx and Crake Paperback – March 30, 2004
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“Towering and intrepid. . . . Atwood does Orwell one better.” —The New Yorker
“Atwood has long since established herself as one of the best writers in English today, but Oryx and Crake may well be her best work yet. . . . Brilliant, provocative, sumptuous and downright terrifying.” —The Baltimore Sun
“Her shuddering post-apocalyptic vision of the world . . . summons up echoes of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess and Aldous Huxley. . . . Oryx and Crake [is] in the forefront of visionary fiction.” —The Seattle Times
“A book too marvelous to miss.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Majestic. . . . Keeps us on the edges of our seats.” —The Washington Post
“A compelling futuristic vision. . . . Oryx and Crake carries itself with a refreshing lightness. . . . Its shrewd pacing neatly balances action and exposition. . . . What gives the book a deeper resonance is its humanity.” –Newsday
“[A] stunning new novel–possibly her best since The Handmaid’s Tale.” –Time Out New York
“A delightful amalgam for the sophisticated reader: her perfectly placed prose, poetic language and tongue-in-cheek tone are ubiquitous throughout, as if an enchanted nanny is telling one a dark bedtime story of alienation and ruin while lovingly stroking one’s head.” –Ms.
“Truly remarkable. . . . As fun as it is dark. . . . A feast of realism, science fiction, satire, elegy and then some. . . . Atwood has concocted here an all-too-possible vision. . . . [She is] a master.” –The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
“A roll of dry, black, parodic laughter. . . . One of the year’s most surprising novels.” –The Economist
“Sublime. . . . Good, solid, Swiftian science fiction from a . . . literary artist par excellence.” –The Denver Post
“Dances with energy and sophisticated gallows humor. . . . [Atwood’s] wry wit makes dystopia fun.” –People
“A crackling read. . . . Atwood is one of the most impressively ambitious writers of our time.” –The Guardian
“Gorgeously written, full of eyeball-smacking images and riveting social and scientific commentary. . . . A cunning and engrossing book by one of the great masters of the form.” –The Buffalo News
“A powerful vision. . . . Very readable.” –The New York Times Book Review
“Brilliant, impossible to put down. . . . Atwood . . . is at once commanding and enchanting. Piercingly intelligent and piquantly witty, highly imaginative and unfailingly compassionate, she is a spoonful-of-sugar storyteller, concealing the strong and necessary medicine of her stinging social commentary within the balm of dazzlingly complicated and compelling characters and intricate and involving predicaments.” –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Original and chilling. . . . Powerful, inventive, playful and difficult to resist.” –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Brilliantly constructed. . . . Jimmy and Crake grip like characters out of Greek tragedy. . . . Atwood herself is one of our finest linguistic engineers. Her carefully calibrated sentences are formulated to hook and paralyse the reader.” –The Daily Telegraph
“Atwood does not disappoint.” –The Dallas Morning News
“Gripping. . . . Bursts with invention and mordant wit, none of which slows down its headlong pace. . . . Atwood is in sleek form. . . . [Her] prescience is unsettling.” –St. Petersburg Times
“Biting, black humor and absorbing storytelling. . . . Atwood entices.” –USA Today
“Compelling. . . . Packed with fascinating ideas. . . . Her most accessible book in years, a gripping, unadorned story.” –The Onion
“This superlatively gripping and remarkably imagined book joins The Handmaid’s Tale in the distinguished company of novels (The Time Machine, Brave New World and 1984) that look ahead to warn us about the results of human shortsightedness.” –The Times (London)
“Absorbing. . . . Atwood ahs not lost her touch for following the darker paths of speculative fiction–she easily creates a believable, contained future world.” –Seattle Weekly
“Engrossing. . . . A novel of ideas, narrated with an almost scientific dispassion and a caustic, distanced humor. The prose is fast and clean.” –Rocky Mountain News
“Riveting and thought-provoking. . . . Keen and cutting. . . . [Atwood] has grown into one of the most consistently imaginative and masterful fiction writers writing in English today.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch
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With the same stunning blend of prophecy and social satire she brought to her classic The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood gives us a keenly prescient novel about the future of humanityand its present.
Humanity here equals Snowman, and in Snowmans recollections Atwood re-creates a time much like our own, when a boy named Jimmy loved an elusive, damaged girl called Oryx and a sardonic genius called Crake. But now Snowman is alone, and as we learn why we also learn about a world that could become ours one day.
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Atwood has an easy-to-read style that moves you right along, builds strong characters and keeps you guessing with humor, but also with some profound innuendo. If you like SF/ f or environmental fiction, you've got to read the whole Madd Addam trilogy.
Many years ago I read an SF about some astronauts who took a fast trip and were heading home after many relative years. They were discussing what changes would have occured - trchnological changes mostly.
"These little things", a hitherto silent crewmqn said. He then began to talk about what changes they might expect from genetics.
Anybody recognize that book?
In any case it was nowhere near as profound as this one.
"Being old's not so bad. My daughter keeps me fed and I don't have to work anymore". And hopefully I won't live to see what Monsato and their ikk are cooking up for their profit driven, ethicless future. Not Crakers, I'm sure.
The novel is told through the thoughts both current and memories of one man calling himself Snowman who has taken upon himself to shepherd a newly created hominid species he has named Crakers after his best friend the scientist who may have ushered in a human apocalypse. I've chosen this term "human apocalypse" very careful because as Snowman reveals his world and his history to us we learn that what has happened is a backlash of nature, it isn't the wrath of god, it is the work of humans whose greed has clashed with morals and ethics and fears in a plague and the resulting breakdown of human civilization. Snowman's memories are a jumble making them confusing and frustrating to work through as a reader but the collective disgust at what has happened and our main characters torn emotional state become more engaging if you keep reading. Atwood has done a good job of describing the state of mind of a borderline madman and survivor but this will be off-putting for many potential readers.
The science and attitude toward consumerism and culture have drawn the greatest criticisms from many reviewers but I think we have to place the book in the context of the years in which it was created and when it came out. For many people the fear of an overwhelming anti-science, anti-environment, and mega-corporate control seemed very real and very much on their way at the beginning of the 21st century; some might say recent "changes" and developments have only slowed that destruction of humanity and democracy down by only a few years while others will say we've changed and avoided a few horrors. Regardless this novel is built upon the fear that the worse will come and most of us will merrily follow long until it is too late.
The other two books in the series may give us a different view or perhap re-enforce this terror come reality. I look forward to reading them.
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I had to read it as well and it is wonderfully written and so entertaining. I have now read the whole series.