Oryx and Crake
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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Snowman wakes before dawn. He lies unmoving, listening to the tide coming in, wave after wave sloshing over the various barricades, wish-wash, wish-wash, the rhythm of heartbeat. He would so like to believe he is still asleep.
On the eastern horizon there's a greyish haze, lit now...
1. Oryx and Crake includes many details that seem futuristic, but are in fact already apparent in our world. What parallels were you able to draw between the items in the world of the novel and those in your own?
2. Margaret Atwood coined many words and brand names while writing the novel. In what way has...
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“Oryx and Crake is Atwood at her playful, allegorical best.” The Globe and Mail
“ If one measure of art’s power is its ability to force you to face what you would very much rather not, Oryx and Crake--the evocative tale of a nightmarish near-future--is an extraordinary work of art, one that reaffirms Atwood’s place at the apex of Canadian literature.” Maclean’s
“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
“Atwood’s great talent for narrative has never been displayed to better effect.” Toronto Star
“Oryx and Crake is Atwood at her best--dark, dry, scabrously witty, yet moving and studded with flashes of pure poetry. Her gloriously inventive brave new world is all the more chilling because of the mirror it holds up to our own. Citizens, be warned.” The Independent
“Wonderfully vivid, and the sardonic unveiling of future history makes for a strong narrative drive.” National Post
“Perfectly constructed, funny, and satiric. It is inventive yet prophetic, in fact, apocalyptic and weirdly feasible.… It is brilliant.” Winnipeg Free Press
“Contemporary novelists rarely write about science or technology. Margaret Atwood tackles both--and more.” The Economist