Margaret Atwood's third book titled MaddAddam in the MaddAddam trilogy brings together "Oryx and Crake" and "The Year of the Flood" to a conclusion th...moreMargaret Atwood's third book titled MaddAddam in the MaddAddam trilogy brings together "Oryx and Crake" and "The Year of the Flood" to a conclusion that has Earth being a place of community and diversity.
MaddAddam number three is my least favorite of the three books. Reading the same story line from a different person's perspective for a third time just seemed tedious.
This time the story follows Toby from the Gardeners and Zeb also from the Gardeners. The Gardeners are a religious group that played a role in Crake's mad plan to destroy the world and have it repopulated by the Crakers.
The one group of characters that made the book worthwhile is the Crakers. The blue people, genetically engineered by Crake are an interesting group of people. Blackbeard is a fascinating character to watch grow and gain knowledge on how to write and how to worship.
The Painballers in the book remind me too much of "The Hunger Games". I also would have liked to learn more about Oryx and Crake and what bought them their end in the first book. (less)
Book number two of the MaddAddam trilogy is told from the female's point of view. It starts at the end of the first book, but with different voices te...moreBook number two of the MaddAddam trilogy is told from the female's point of view. It starts at the end of the first book, but with different voices telling the story. It is now time for the females to voice their opinion on the world they live in.
In "The Year of the Flood" the end of the world has happened and the few remaining people are dealing with the aftermaths. Is it really a better place? Did Crake (Glenn) succeed in building his perfect people and perfect world? What do you do with the people that survived the flood who are less than perfect? Is life really only about food, sex and sleep?
Margaret Atwood does a fine job in making the reader question their world and how they view it. I enjoyed this second book more than the first book; the female perspective is refreshing and interesting.
My critique of the book is that it spends too much energy on sex and how it controls society; I do not believe our world is run on sex like it is presented in this book. I believe you can have the perception that it is if you live in the world of media, but outside that ultra reality of media, the world is a better place; there just needs to be more people outside of it.(less)
This is my first Margaret Atwood book, and I must say I find her writing skilled and well researched. She has a great wealth of knowledge and is obvio...moreThis is my first Margaret Atwood book, and I must say I find her writing skilled and well researched. She has a great wealth of knowledge and is obviously well read and educated. Margaret has an interesting outlook on life. Atwood's view of life in this book is pessimistic with the future of earth being controlled by a gamer that is a genius and decides to recreate the human race and become a god.
Crake is a genius, whose life is occupied solely by computer games, watching porn, smoking drugs and planning a way to replace the faulty human race. Crake believes in science and math and does not see the benefits of art and individuality and so he wants to create a society that is not influenced by passion and creativity.
"Oryx and Crake" reminds me of the importance of art, literature, music, theatre and creativity...letting the human mind run free with imagination. We need all types of people for our earth to run properly, we need the intellectuals found in all fields whether it be art, math, science, theatre, music, geography, medicine, the list is endless.
I believe it is our duty as a society to teach our children to understand the importance of art and science. We must make sure we read the right type of books and that libraries will never stop existing.
Snowman is Crake's friend and Snowman is a faulted character and has little concern for others besides himself and his immediate circle and Snowman is of lower intelligence in the academic areas of math and science, but he reads and he likes words and this gives him an edge on those who do not. Snowman has a knowledge of what makes humans truly human.
Oryx is an Asian who is misused from childhood by the rich world, she is used for physical pleasure and as a result she has a cold outlook on life and lives life moment by moment and is caught between Snowman and Crake.
Oryx, Crake and Snowman are the three characters that create this novel. They are dynamic and interesting and they are all faulted and they are all hard to like, but I see a bit of the world in all three of them. Margaret Atwood is good at pinning our world down in a pessimistic way, but in a realistic way, I hope she is wrong and one way to make her wrong is to emphasize the ARTS along with the science. (less)
"The Orenda" is the story of an Iroquois girl, a Huron great warrior and a Jesuit missionary in the seventeenth century in Canada. These three souls i...more"The Orenda" is the story of an Iroquois girl, a Huron great warrior and a Jesuit missionary in the seventeenth century in Canada. These three souls intertwine their lives and the result is a novel that teaches about the endurance of the human soul in times a love, hate, pleasure, pain, torture and hunger.
The Iroquois and the Huron are at war and with the coming of the Jesuit missionaries a new twist is added to the dynamics of this war. Not only do they now have shiny wood that kills instantly, but they have a new god to consider.
The slow caressing with coals, removal of fingers, and all types of tortures await those who are captured by the Huron or the Iroquois and sometimes instead of torture the captive becomes a member of the tribe instead. The captive becomes the daughter or son to replace the daughter or son that was lost at the hands of war amoung the Iroquois and Huron.
This is a book that teaches and the longer I have pondered this book, the more it has taught me about human nature, about human's need to worship some type of god, about love and what really makes a family (definitely not blood). (less)
"A Fine Balance" has become one of my favourites. It is an outstanding book. The writing is superb and the story is captivating.
This is a life changin...more"A Fine Balance" has become one of my favourites. It is an outstanding book. The writing is superb and the story is captivating.
This is a life changing book, it has changed the way I look at society and how we treat people.
The story takes place in Mumbai, India between 1975 and 1984 during the times of "The Emergency", a time of expanding government power. The story follows four people from different walks of life: Dina Dalal, Ishvar Darji, his nephew Omprakash Darji and the young student Maneck Kohlah. These four people's lives are interwoven in such a cleaver way and the experience of reading this book was a pleasure.
"Three Day Road" is a journey into the horrors of the Great War. Joseph Boyden tells the story of two aboriginal Canadians, Elijah and Xavier who join...more"Three Day Road" is a journey into the horrors of the Great War. Joseph Boyden tells the story of two aboriginal Canadians, Elijah and Xavier who join the war thinking it will be over quickly and they would return as war heroes.
The story is told in two voices: Xavier, who has come home wounded and by his aunt, who nurses him back to health emotionally and physically.
Elijah and Xavier once on the Western Front are discovered to be in possession of Native hunting skills that impress their superiors and leads to them becoming snipers. Many men are killed by their sniping abilities, but each one takes a different road, a different journey in confronting the demons that result from the war and the killings and the horrors witnessed.
Not a story of redemption, but a story of acceptance and a story of life continuing on...life happens and it affects people in different ways.
This is an outstanding book, that describes all the horrors of war, from physical to emotional. It is a life changing read that is worth every minute and it motivated me to learn more about Canada's place in the Great War.(less)