Oryx and Crake

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 30, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

Oryx and Crake
is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

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Oryx and Crake just as the synopsis says, is a love story in which the world is crumbling to pieces in the background. It is also a commentary on the prevailing trends in society that somehow science and technology can make you, and the food you eat, better. BlyssPlus pills and Joltbars for everybody!
Margaret Atwood's writing is excellent and she has weaved a wonderful tale. She slowly and methodically reveals the details of the world in which her main character, Jimmy/Snowman, lives. The slow reveal kept me intrigued throughout despite. But this is done with the primary context being the telling of Snowman's story, which really tugged at my heart. Jimmy/Snowman's story was so sad. I really felt for him throughout the book. His whole life was full of disappointment and loneliness.
Atwood wrote both Oryx and Crake as very enigmatic and cryptic characters and I did not care for that. It was never clear what either of them were about and they never really let Jimmy into their lives. I'm sure there was a purpose in this but it detected from the story for me. I also did not enjoy the ending as I really wanted to know what was next for Snowman, but I suppose that the ending was fitting. All in all, it was very enjoyable.

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Absolute love this novel, as well as the subsequent two. Full of wit and humour. Great storyline. Very layered. Atwood is a brilliant author. A must-read if you are at all interested in the speculative fiction genre. Also, very relevant to contemporary GM and environmentalist debates.

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Mango 3 Flotsam 6 Voice 10
Nooners 37 Downpour 44
Rakunk 49 Hammer 59 Crake 69
Oryx 113 Birdcall 122
Sveltana 147 Purring 154 Blue 163
SoYummie 173 Happicuppa 178
Applied Rhetoric 185 Aspergers U 192
Wolvogs 199 Hypothetical 207 Extinctathon 214
Vulturizing 241 Anooyoo 248
Garage 252 Gripless 256
Bubble 333 Scribble 337 Remnant 348
Idol 357 Sermon 364

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About the author (2004)

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; and The Year of the Flood. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

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