Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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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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About Margaret Atwood

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Born November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Canada, Margaret Atwood spent her early years in the northern Quebec wilderness. Settling in Toronto in 1946, she continued to spend summers in the northern woods. This experience provided much of the thematic material for her verse. She began her writing career as a poet, short story writer, cartoonist, and reviewer for her high school paper. She received a B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1961 and an M.A. from Radcliff College in 1962. Atwood's first book of verse, Double Persephone, was published in 1961 and was awarded the E. J. Pratt Medal. She has published numerous books of poetry, novels, story collections, critical work, juvenile work, and radio and teleplays. Her works include The Journals of Susanna Moodie (1970), Power Politics (1971), Cat's Eye (1986), The Robber Bride (1993), Morning in the Buried House (1995), and Alias Grace (1996). Many of her works focus on women's issues. She has won numerous awards for her poetry and fiction including the Prince of Asturias award for Literature, the Booker Prize, the Governor General's Award in 1966 for The Circle Game and in 1986 for The Handmaid's Tale, which also won the very first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987.
Published March 30, 2004 by Anchor. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, Horror. Fiction
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Oryx will inhabit Jimmy’s imagination forever, as will the perverse genius Crake, who rises from the prestigious Watson-Crick Institute to a position of literally awesome power at the RejoovenEsense Compound, where he works on a formula for immortality, creates artificial humans (the “Children of...

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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood Bloomsbury £16.99, pp378 When Margaret Atwood's new novel opens, her main character, Snowman, is sleeping in a tree, wrapped in a dirty bed-sheet, trying to survive in a world which has gone horribly wrong.

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Oryx is Jimmy's wet dream - indeed, he first glimpses her as a child on an internet porn site: "She was small-boned and exquisite, and naked like the rest of them, with nothing on her but a garland of flowers and a pink hair ribbon .

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Publishers Weekly

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Jimmy meets Oryx much later-after college, after Crake gets Jimmy a job with ReJoovenEsence.

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Book Reporter

But the story opens after something has gone terribly wrong, leaving Snowman apparently alone on Earth with Crake's new people (the "Crakers") and memories of his long friendship with Crake and love for a woman known as Oryx, who served as the Crakers' first teacher.

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Like her best-known novel, The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood's new Oryx And Crake begins in a seemingly alien future, then dips back into the past to show how it came into existence.

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Entertainment Weekly

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood's gothic tale of biotechnological disaster, spends most of its 376 pages building up to the revelation of What Happened.

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Suite 101

Often confused with fantasy literature, magical realism has its own defining characteristics that sets it apart as a separate and popular genre.

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SF Site

Oryx and Crake opens on a mystery: a lone man called Snowman, slowly starving to death in a world apparently empty of human beings like himself.

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Now, here is a perfect example of where the politics of science fiction lose me -- there is little exposition given to the benefits these new technologies have surely given to humanity, and the whole of this future society is damned by the author on the basis of a base voyeurism expressed by a fu...

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Bio-engineering, her agent of doom, is also a running gag that allows Atwood to invent hybrid animals (such as pigoons, for growing replacement organs) and to riff on what genetic tampering might do for fast food or beauty products.

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London Review of Books

Atwood has never written a novel from a male point of view before, and John Updike was among the reviewers who complained that the men in The Blind Assassin[*] were mysterious and unlovable.

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The New York Review of Books

These, indeed, surface again in the new novel, although it suggests a new focus for the author’s moral and political outrage, one that is very up-to-the-minute: abuses not of women or the underclasses, but of Nature itself, by a culture whose intellectual sophistication has outpaced its moral awa...

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This book brings together her three Ellman Lectures on 2010 – "Flying Rabbits," "Burning Bushes," and "Dire Cartigraphies" – and also her key reviews and speculations about the form, or forms – for she also elucidates the differences – as she sees them – between "science fiction" proper, and "spe...

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Dominion of New York

Of course, if you already read it, you can read it again, or you can delve into some comic books that throw off a great MaddAddam vibe.

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