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Oryx and Crake [Hardcover] Atwood, Margaret, (2003)

de Margaret Atwood (Autor)

Sèrie: MaddAddam Trilogy (1)

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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.… (més)
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Oryx and Crake de Margaret Atwood (2003)

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Time to Discover Atwood’s Other Dystopia

Margaret Atwood has probably never been better known than today, what with the premier of a serialization of her superb dystopian novel about the transformation of the U.S. into a religious totalitarian state that enslaves women, The Handmaid’s Tale (one of the top five dystopian novels of the 20th Century). So, with greater visibility today, hopefully readers will explore her long list of novels, among them Oryx and Crake, the first in the MaddAddam trilogy.

If you’ve never read Atwood’s speculative fiction before, you’ll be struck by what sets her apart from others mining this popular subgenre: She grounds her work firmly, and frighteningly, in reality. Take Oryx and Crake, for example. Atwood paints a world first and foremost ravaged by ecological disaster: violent storms, over population, reduced coastal landmass, UV poisoning, crop failures, a maelstrom of ecological destruction. Layered onto that is the direct destruction caused by humankind due to meddling in the genomic process of life (read recreating species for various commercial applications; rakunks make terrific pets, don’t you know), the creation of diseases and cures for profit, the commercialization of biologic products, and the radical stratification of society based on intelligence and, to borrow from Marx, the means of production. This represents the result of the gradual destruction of planet Earth, the kind of destruction that can be denied until it is upon the deniers.

And, as the novel illustrates, it can be accelerated by a lone wolf, a tormented genius, into a great extinction event. Oryx and Crake, and the successive novels in the trilogy, take place in the aftermath. Our guide to this burned out world, and to how the world came about, is Jimmy. Jimmy is bright, but he is not genius. He’s a word man (“Advanced Misrepresentation” at the Martha Graham Academy) in a world of mathematical genius. But in his youth, he befriends such a genius, Crake. Both in their own ways, the children of dysfunctional homes, have gripes with the world, but Crake’s are the more extreme, and it is he who develops the skills and power to wipe the slate clean and begin again in his own imagining of what a better world would be. Jimmy gets involved because he’s Crake friend, probably his only friend. What further unites the pair, but also serves as the ultimate wedge between them, is the girl, the ever ethereal Oryx. They first become acquainted with her not as a person but as an image in a pedophiliac pornographic world. (You can think of Oryx as a symbol of the total decadence of society, of how inured society has become to the wonders of the new world that only the most base can stimulate them.) Jimmy falls in love with her. Crake possesses her. As vengeance, perhaps, Crake also uses her to in his plot to remap the world.

Oryx and Crake, in short, is a nightmare that, unfortunately and as much as many refuse to believe, is in the process of unfolding before our very eyes. Atwood here is drawing back the curtain on one horrifying and entirely possible future in the hopes we’ll pay attention and change course. As you can see, she’s quite the optimist, if she thinks people will listen before reaching the CorpSeCorp stage. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Time to Discover Atwood’s Other Dystopia

Margaret Atwood has probably never been better known than today, what with the premier of a serialization of her superb dystopian novel about the transformation of the U.S. into a religious totalitarian state that enslaves women, The Handmaid’s Tale (one of the top five dystopian novels of the 20th Century). So, with greater visibility today, hopefully readers will explore her long list of novels, among them Oryx and Crake, the first in the MaddAddam trilogy.

If you’ve never read Atwood’s speculative fiction before, you’ll be struck by what sets her apart from others mining this popular subgenre: She grounds her work firmly, and frighteningly, in reality. Take Oryx and Crake, for example. Atwood paints a world first and foremost ravaged by ecological disaster: violent storms, over population, reduced coastal landmass, UV poisoning, crop failures, a maelstrom of ecological destruction. Layered onto that is the direct destruction caused by humankind due to meddling in the genomic process of life (read recreating species for various commercial applications; rakunks make terrific pets, don’t you know), the creation of diseases and cures for profit, the commercialization of biologic products, and the radical stratification of society based on intelligence and, to borrow from Marx, the means of production. This represents the result of the gradual destruction of planet Earth, the kind of destruction that can be denied until it is upon the deniers.

And, as the novel illustrates, it can be accelerated by a lone wolf, a tormented genius, into a great extinction event. Oryx and Crake, and the successive novels in the trilogy, take place in the aftermath. Our guide to this burned out world, and to how the world came about, is Jimmy. Jimmy is bright, but he is not genius. He’s a word man (“Advanced Misrepresentation” at the Martha Graham Academy) in a world of mathematical genius. But in his youth, he befriends such a genius, Crake. Both in their own ways, the children of dysfunctional homes, have gripes with the world, but Crake’s are the more extreme, and it is he who develops the skills and power to wipe the slate clean and begin again in his own imagining of what a better world would be. Jimmy gets involved because he’s Crake friend, probably his only friend. What further unites the pair, but also serves as the ultimate wedge between them, is the girl, the ever ethereal Oryx. They first become acquainted with her not as a person but as an image in a pedophiliac pornographic world. (You can think of Oryx as a symbol of the total decadence of society, of how inured society has become to the wonders of the new world that only the most base can stimulate them.) Jimmy falls in love with her. Crake possesses her. As vengeance, perhaps, Crake also uses her to in his plot to remap the world.

Oryx and Crake, in short, is a nightmare that, unfortunately and as much as many refuse to believe, is in the process of unfolding before our very eyes. Atwood here is drawing back the curtain on one horrifying and entirely possible future in the hopes we’ll pay attention and change course. As you can see, she’s quite the optimist, if she thinks people will listen before reaching the CorpSeCorp stage. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
**Rant Alert**

Overall, this was a very good book. I personally have little or no faith in the writing abilities of Margret Atwood, as I had read many of her short stories and poems in school. This book, however, was strongly suggested to me, and loving books as much as I do, I decided to give it a chance. For the most part I was surprised. I greatly enjoyed it, once I got into it (as it has a slightly slow start).

In the end, though, I feel greatly betrayed: I read nearly 400 pages, and even started to change my mind about Atwood's writing abilities, only to come to the final page to find... nothing. THere is no ending! The book does not end! This might appeal to some people... some people might not MIND inferring the ending of a 400 page story that they took time out of their lives to read... However, I like to be able to finish a book, without having to SPECULATE about the ending. I don't mind discussing a book, or a book's ending, but I would like there to be an ending to DISCUSS!

That is why I gave this book a 3/5 instead of a 4. One more page, 5 more minutes of writing and this story could have earned itself a 4/5 or even a 5/5 if I was feeling generous. But as it is I am unimpressed and Atwood has failed to redeem herself.

**rant over** ( )
  KaffinatedWitch | Oct 15, 2021 |
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.
  riselibrary_CSUC | Aug 25, 2021 |
DNF. I think I made it to about 15%.

The opening was alright with a man in a post apocalyptic setting doing his morning survival routine. The cause of this dystopia is unknown to the reader so far. As with THE HANDMAID'S TALE, we are in an unfamiliar setting with unfamiliar names, animals, other humanoids and the story method of all will be revealed with flashbacks and the MC talking to himself in the current time.

I need more to grasp onto to stick around. If I have to wait and wonder what is happening, as the fog is lifted it needs to be entertaining at least and it wasn't.

@ part 2 of 9 It has that same "being dropped in to a world" and being introduced to it as flash backs and the MC's current thoughts with many unknown concepts and names as in THE HANDMAID'S TALE. Not my reading preference. Sit in confusion while the fog clears.

I have a hard time giving a shit if I don't understand it. ( )
1 vota Seayla2020 | Aug 21, 2021 |
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Oryx and Crake is a piece of dystopian fiction written from the point of Snowman (known as Jimmy in his former life) – the last human left on Earth. At least, he believes he’s the last human left on Earth until the end of the book.

I found the parts of the book describing Snowman’s journey to Paradice (the dome in the compound where Crake did his work) to be a lot less interesting than his recollections of his previous life as Jimmy. I loved reading about how Jimmy and Crake met, the little signs that Crake gave off as to what he might be planning and the direction his thoughts might take in the future (though Jimmy didn’t recognize these until it was too late), etc.

Crake is really the star of the show in this book in my mind – Jimmy simply acts as a vessel for us to learn about a character who is dead and who therefore cannot teach us about himself.

Snowman’s adventures in real time seem almost pointless to me. Why not dedicate the whole book to Jimmy’s friendship with Crake, with just a bit of general explanation as to what’s going on now? I think the present would have been much more interesting if the Crakers were explored more than Jimmy’s struggle to survive and come to grips with what Crake had done.

On the whole, however, I thought it was a great book.
 
Set sometime in the future, this post-apocalyptic novel takes scientific research in the hands of madmen to its logical and frightening conclusion. Inspiring readers to pay more attention to the world around them, Atwood offers cautionary notes about the environment, bioengineering, the sacrifice of civil liberties, and the possible loss of those human values which make life more than just a physical experience. As the novel opens, some catastrophe has occurred, effectively wiping out human life. Only one lonely survivor and a handful of genetically altered humanoids remain, and they are slowly starving as they try to adjust to their changed circumstances.
afegit per stephmo | editaMostly Fiction, Mary Whipple (May 28, 2004)
 
In Margaret Atwood's first attempt at writing a novel, the main character was an ant swept downriver on a raft. She abandoned that book after the opening scene and became caught up in other activities, which she has described as ''sissy stuff like knitting and dresses and stuffed bunnies.'' That certainly does not sound like Ms. Atwood, who is known for the boldness of her fiction. Of course she was only 7 at the time.
afegit per stephmo | editaNew York Times, Mel Gussow (Jun 24, 2003)
 
Margaret Atwood has always taken a jaundiced view of human nature. Back when her mordant observations about marriage and other relations between the sexes had her marked down as a feminist, she took pains to fire off several novels in a row featuring weak, manipulative, dishonest and outright bad women, partly to prove that her skepticism was distributed fairly. She has always been of the opinion that people are a mixed bag of the occasionally decent and the frequently mendacious and that there's not much anyone can do to change that fact.
afegit per stephmo | editaSalon.com, Laura Miller (May 27, 2003)
 
Genetic tinkering. Rampant profiteering. A deadly virus that sweeps the globe. Are these last Tuesday's headlines or our future?

In Margaret Atwood's novel Oryx and Crake, the answer is both. For Atwood, our future is the catastrophic sum of our oversights. It's a depressing view, saved only by Atwood's biting, black humor and absorbing storytelling.
afegit per stephmo | editaUSA Today, Jackie Pray (May 26, 2003)
 

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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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