Oryx And Crake

Oryx And Crake

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A stunning and provocative new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The Blind Assassin , winner of the Booker Prize.

Margaret Atwood's new novel is so utterly compelling, so prescient, so relevant, so terrifyingly-all-too-likely-to-be-true, that readers may find their view of the world forever changed after reading it. This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers. For readers of Oryx and Crake , nothing will ever look the same again.

The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

With breathtaking command of her shocking material, and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into an outlandish yet wholly believable realm populated by characters who will continue to inhabit our dreams long after the last chapter.

From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2003.
ISBN: 9780307400840
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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bookgirlatDCL Feb 02, 2018

A philosophical look at genetic engineering that is dark and sad and beautifully written that will make you THINK about what we are doing to ourselves and the planet and where it will all lead. Read the whole trilogy!

c_mendiola Jul 25, 2017

This book starts out sort of slow, but the ending is definitely worth it! Margaret Atwood's imagination is unbelievable, and just like many of her novels, this one has quite the twist. Atwood's storytelling style with "Oryx and Crake"--going back and forth between past and present--allows you to be introduced to the main character's present life whilst increasingly showing glimpses of the past until the big reveal.

CMLReads_Kristin May 10, 2017

An excellent dystopian novel. As is typical of Atwood, it's more a novel of ideas than of action. It will make the reader think! Those who are loving The Handmaid's Tale renewed popularity right now should check this first book in Atwood's t MaddAddam trilogy out!

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

A very compelling look at the end of the world, narrated by someone who accidentally helped to cause it. Unlike many post-apocalyptic novels, the action in this one occurs mainly in our narrator's mind, as he struggles with memory and guilt. Very well-written and sophisticated take on the genre.

Mar 06, 2017

I love sci fi. I generally don't read dystopian fiction. This mix of sci fi, dystopian fiction and satire started slowly but became very interesting. Some of the science (spider goats) is real, and a lot of the sci fi sounds very plausible.

JestyH Nov 22, 2016

A really great book if you're a fan of science fiction or dystopian futurism. Very well-written, satirical and scarily prescient. Although Atwood is more of a literary writer, she reminds me of Philip K. Dick in her sensibility, humor and opinions about the state of the world. This book enthralled me, in fact, it was so compelling. The second book in the trilogy is also worth reading, but it's not as good. By the third book, Atwood had run out of steam on this particular universe. However, Oryx and Crake on its own makes great reading, although if you're looking for hope for the future of this benighted society, you might want to look elsewhere.

Jabberwock12 Nov 16, 2016

couldn't get through it. Just didn't hold my attention. I'm a sci-fi lover by the way too.

CMLibrary_sfetzer May 17, 2016

Oryx and Crake is an example of Margaret Atwood doing what she does so well: speculative fiction. In an elaborately crafted dystopian setting Atwood focuses on a hermit named Snowman living in the post-apocalyptic world who reveals that he used to be called Jimmy. As a teenager Jimmy became friends with a brilliant but strange student named Glenn who goes by the nickname Crake. As the story unfolds, the reader is given a view of what Jimmy’s world was like and the destruction that man has caused through everything from environmental damage to genetic manipulation. Second only to The Handmaid’s Tale Atwood masterfully weaves a tale that will appeal to anyone interested in any form of speculative fiction, be it The Hunger Games or The Road.

May 17, 2016

Oryx and Crake, an interesting yet confusing read for myself and yet fulfilling. I personally had difficulty with the story with the frequent time jumping and the information given to me as if i knew what it was in the first place. It was truly confusing. And yet, everything the author Margaret Atwood did made the book all that better, when I was finally given all the pieces of the puzzle i finally understood and it made the book all that more enjoyable. For those which want a different kind of mystery which is filled with philosophical messages and shows you the darkness of humanity. This book is a good read, if you do not wish to think of such things however. May be best to give this book a small sample before moving on. So, overall. A long read, but extremely satisfying.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Too contrived for my taste. I feel I was being intellectually bludgeoned by the ecological far-left. May be more interesting for adolescent, young adult readers.

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mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Apocalyptic imagery.

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Sexual Content: Allusion to child prostitution.

Mar 08, 2017

Sexual Content: Sexual content throughout the entire book.

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Coarse Language: The dialogue contains frequent use of strong/course language.

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Coarse Language: Definitely some shits, hells, damns.

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Sexual Content: Some weird porn and snuff is described semi-explicitly.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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