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Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake

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By (author) Margaret Atwood

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  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0385721676
  • ISBN 13: 9780385721677
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 12,255

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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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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty-five works of fiction, poetry, and essays, published in more than forty countries. Her most recent works include the Booker Prize--winning novel The Blind Assassin""and Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing." "Ms. Atwood lives in Toronto.

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By Lydia Presley 30 Nov 2010 5

In The Robber Bride, I experienced Margaret Atwood's brilliant character-writing. In The Handmaid's Tale, I learned just how chilling a dystopian, apocalyptic book can be. With Oryx and Crake I saw both of those aspects of Atwood's writing combined in the forms of Snowman(Jimmy), Oryx, and Crake.

As with all books of this type, it takes a little adjusting and getting used to - the world is foreign, and its unfamiliarity can make for some rough reading, but Atwood does a beautiful job of introducing some beings that were so simple it was difficult not to like them, to be curious about them. It was that curiosity that had me digging deeper into the story, savoring every answer I received and pushing until, finally, the answers were all laid before me. And then - no, that wasn't all. There were still questions left unanswered and now I know why I was told to wait to read The Year of the Flood (which I've already requested).

The summary does a good job of letting you, the reader, know what this book is about, and I don't want to get into it because, frankly, it's a bit complex to do it easily without revealing some pretty major plot points. I will say, however, that this is a "meat and potatoes" read. It's not a fluff book you can easily pick up and then just as easily put down. It takes some dedication but it's so rewarding and worth it.

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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 impre

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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.