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Oryx en Crake (2003)

by Margaret Atwood, Tinke Davids

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Member:Simone2
Title:Oryx en Crake
Authors:Margaret Atwood
Other authors:Tinke Davids
Info:Amsterdam : Bakker; 373 p, 22 cm; http://opc4.kb.nl/DB=1/PPN?PPN=24584810X
Collections:American, 2012
Rating:***
Tags:Booker Prize Shortlist, Dystopia, Genetics

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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (2003)

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Oryx and Crake - Atwood
4 stars

Margaret Atwood is brilliant. She gives me nightmares. She starts with a scary, alien environment. Not a nice place, Snowman’s habitat, but it’s alien, not like here. And then we get his story, Snowman’s early years, his adolescence, And it is like here. Very, very much like here a few years from now. I have to keep telling myself that it’s fiction, so I don’t drive my car off a cliff.
She’s brilliant, but her writing is disturbing.
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1 vote msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Loved this book! I think this is one of those books that it is best reading with no knowledge on what it is about. It is written in a way that it reveals information about the characters and the world a little bit at a time. It is incredibly haunting at times, but can also be quite funny. There are a lot of little things littered around the book that make everything believable. The characters are great and interesting. The writing can be a bit jumpy in the beginning, but it smooths out. It turned into a book that I couldn't put down. There is a clear ending to the book, but an openness for more story to be told. ( )
  renbedell | May 27, 2016 |
I bought this book ages ago, on the recommendation of a friend (I don't remember who), but I only just got around to reading it. Its a hard book to read in places -- its not hopeful, or particularly fun, and its confronting in places -- especially the plot that revolves around child exploitation. There's very little to like about the future society that Atwood posits here, but perhaps that's the point.

Despite not being a happy fun story, the book made me think about things like genetic engineering in a way I didn't before and I think that's what Atwood was seeking to achieve. So I'd have to describe the book as a success.

http://www.stillhq.com/book/Margaret_Atwood/Oryx_and_Crake.html ( )
  mikal | May 27, 2016 |
My favourite speculative fiction book, one of my favourite books overall, Oryx and Crake takes our mundane and often cut-throat, competitive, and capitalistic world, fast forwards a few decades and through Atwood's articulate and multi-layered writing, along with a bit of sci-fi fantasy, brings us into a world that can very well be ours down the road. Brilliant, moving, scary, and educational. I would recommend everyone read this book before they graduate high school - there are some real issues out there in our world that need to be addressed, and reading this book is certainly a great way to find out about them.

Word of warning - one of the subplots revolves around child-porn rings in East Asian countries, so if you're not comfortable reading about that, I suggest you wait before reading this book. ( )
  meowism | May 17, 2016 |
I would categorize this book as a "Sci-fiction" book.
This books shows a possibility of life on earth if certain things happened which in turn may lead to the fate of mankind t start over with a new path.
Oryx and Crake are normal humans but with some abnormal ideas on evolution of mankind. They want a better world , a better human, a better livelihood. And Snowman is the only one who's left to see that part and to judge on the creation of Oryx and Crake.
I loved some of the quotes like-
"Toast is me.I am toast."
"It was Crake preserving his dignity, because the alternative would have been losing it."
“She liked to keep only the bright side of herself turned towards him. She liked to shine.”

and all the quotes on Crake's fridge magnets :)
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  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
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Oryx and Crake is a piece of dystopian fiction written from the point of Snowman (known as Jimmy in his former life) – the last human left on Earth. At least, he believes he’s the last human left on Earth until the end of the book.

I found the parts of the book describing Snowman’s journey to Paradice (the dome in the compound where Crake did his work) to be a lot less interesting than his recollections of his previous life as Jimmy. I loved reading about how Jimmy and Crake met, the little signs that Crake gave off as to what he might be planning and the direction his thoughts might take in the future (though Jimmy didn’t recognize these until it was too late), etc.

Crake is really the star of the show in this book in my mind – Jimmy simply acts as a vessel for us to learn about a character who is dead and who therefore cannot teach us about himself.

Snowman’s adventures in real time seem almost pointless to me. Why not dedicate the whole book to Jimmy’s friendship with Crake, with just a bit of general explanation as to what’s going on now? I think the present would have been much more interesting if the Crakers were explored more than Jimmy’s struggle to survive and come to grips with what Crake had done.

On the whole, however, I thought it was a great book.
 
Set sometime in the future, this post-apocalyptic novel takes scientific research in the hands of madmen to its logical and frightening conclusion. Inspiring readers to pay more attention to the world around them, Atwood offers cautionary notes about the environment, bioengineering, the sacrifice of civil liberties, and the possible loss of those human values which make life more than just a physical experience. As the novel opens, some catastrophe has occurred, effectively wiping out human life. Only one lonely survivor and a handful of genetically altered humanoids remain, and they are slowly starving as they try to adjust to their changed circumstances.
added by stephmo | editMostly Fiction, Mary Whipple (May 28, 2004)
 
In Margaret Atwood's first attempt at writing a novel, the main character was an ant swept downriver on a raft. She abandoned that book after the opening scene and became caught up in other activities, which she has described as ''sissy stuff like knitting and dresses and stuffed bunnies.'' That certainly does not sound like Ms. Atwood, who is known for the boldness of her fiction. Of course she was only 7 at the time.
added by stephmo | editNew York Times, Mel Gussow (Jun 24, 2003)
 
Margaret Atwood has always taken a jaundiced view of human nature. Back when her mordant observations about marriage and other relations between the sexes had her marked down as a feminist, she took pains to fire off several novels in a row featuring weak, manipulative, dishonest and outright bad women, partly to prove that her skepticism was distributed fairly. She has always been of the opinion that people are a mixed bag of the occasionally decent and the frequently mendacious and that there's not much anyone can do to change that fact.
added by stephmo | editSalon.com, Laura Miller (May 27, 2003)
 
Genetic tinkering. Rampant profiteering. A deadly virus that sweeps the globe. Are these last Tuesday's headlines or our future?

In Margaret Atwood's novel Oryx and Crake, the answer is both. For Atwood, our future is the catastrophic sum of our oversights. It's a depressing view, saved only by Atwood's biting, black humor and absorbing storytelling.
added by stephmo | editUSA Today, Jackie Pray (May 26, 2003)
 

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Epigraph
I could perhaps like others have astonished you
with strange improbable tales; but I rather chose to relate plain matters of fact in the simplest manner and style; because my principal design was to inform you, and not to amuse you.
- Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Was there no safety? No learning by heart of the ways of the world? No guide, no shelter, but all was miracle and leaping from the pinnacle of a tower in the air?
- Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
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For my family
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Snowman wakes before dawn.
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If he wants to be an asshole, it's a free country. Millions before him have made the same life choice.
Crake had worked for years on the purring. Once he'd discovered that the cat family purred at the same frequency as the ultrasound used on bone fractures and skin lesions and were thus equipped with their own self-healing mechanism, he'd turned himself inside out in the attempt to install the feature.
So Crake never remembered his dreams. It's Snowman that remembers them instead. Worse than remembers: he's immersed in them, he's wading through them, he's stuck in them. Every moment he's lived in the past few months was dreamed first by Crake. No wonder Crake screamed so much.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385721676, Paperback)

In Oryx and Crake, a science fiction novel that is more Swift than Heinlein, more cautionary tale than "fictional science" (no flying cars here), Margaret Atwood depicts a near-future world that turns from the merely horrible to the horrific, from a fool's paradise to a bio-wasteland. Snowman (a man once known as Jimmy) sleeps in a tree and just might be the only human left on our devastated planet. He is not entirely alone, however, as he considers himself the shepherd of a group of experimental, human-like creatures called the Children of Crake. As he scavenges and tends to his insect bites, Snowman recalls in flashbacks how the world fell apart.

While the story begins with a rather ponderous set-up of what has become a clichéd landscape of the human endgame, littered with smashed computers and abandoned buildings, it takes on life when Snowman recalls his boyhood meeting with his best friend Crake: "Crake had a thing about him even then.... He generated awe ... in his dark laconic clothing." A dangerous genius, Crake is the book's most intriguing character. Crake and Jimmy live with all the other smart, rich people in the Compounds--gated company towns owned by biotech corporations. (Ordinary folks are kept outside the gates in the chaotic "pleeblands.") Meanwhile, beautiful Oryx, raised as a child prostitute in Southeast Asia, finds her way to the West and meets Crake and Jimmy, setting up an inevitable love triangle. Eventually Crake's experiments in bioengineering cause humanity's shockingly quick demise (with uncanny echoes of SARS, ebola, and mad cow disease), leaving Snowman to try to pick up the pieces. There are a few speed bumps along the way, including some clunky dialogue and heavy-handed symbols such as Snowman's broken watch, but once the bleak narrative gets moving, as Snowman sets out in search of the laboratory that seeded the world's destruction, it clips along at a good pace, with a healthy dose of wry humor. --Mark Frutkin, Amazon.ca

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With the same stunning blend of prophecy and social satire she brought to her classic The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood gives us a keenly prescient novel about the future of humanity-and its present. Humanity here equals Snowman, and in Snowman's 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.… (more)

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