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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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Sep 02, 11

bookshelves: contemporaryliterature, sciencefiction
Read in September, 2011

This book actually haunted my dreams a bit (had a few fitful night's sleep dreaming of Crakers and the extinction of humans). I enjoyed the way the story unfolded from the past-perspective and the present simultaneously and found the foreshadowing very effective. The themes (overpopulation, environmental and social degradation, class divisions, etc...) are certainly timely and I found it a very satisfying, engrossing read, which has made me want to read more Margaret Atwood--this being the first book of hers I've read. I found Oryx a particulalry interesting character although, in hindsight, Crake seems a little one-dimensional to me. I thought it was interesting, also, how even though it was published quite recently a lot of the "futuristic stuff" is already out of date (CD-ROM's, etc.) I also found the cliffhanger ending a bit unsatisfying (I ususally like an open-ended resolution, but this was such a specific open end that I found myself speculating did he or didn't he, rather than a--to me--more satisfying, I wonder where he ended up type open end). I imagine that will be resolved in the next book, however.
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message 1: by Allison (new)

Allison I have always wanted to read this. Few authors do dystopia as well as Atwood. I recommend "A Handmaid's Tale" for your next Atwood title!


message 2: by Peter (last edited Sep 05, 2011 07:51AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Peter Thanks, I'll definitely read it!


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