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Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions dD and theoctrine of unintended conseuences is in full spate This ideology is I think the central theme of Oryx and Crake It is an ideology of chaos of irrational rationalistic inuiry and technological A Day Away development an ideology which conforms to the competitiveriven strangeness of masculine nature The latest headlines from California about Bill Cosby s conviction make it Memoir of a Misfit difficult toisagree with Atwood at any point Sometimes I m torn between wishing I could get a glimpse inside Atwood s mind and thinking that might be absolutely terrifying This is the second Looking for the Toffees dystopia Atwood has written and I think it s less successful than The Handmaid s Tale Her vision here is of a not tooistant future in which the US is Raising Gods Girl divided into corporate owned gated communities where the biotech companies owners and highly paid skilled workforce live and the lawless sprawling urban wasteland where everyone else lives Unlike virtually every other Atwood book I know of the two main characters are male The narrator Jimmy and his childhood friend Crake grow up inside one of the gated communities bonding over Internet pornography and shared cynicism As Crake grows up it becomes evident that he is a genius so he gets accepted to an elite science and technology school andrafted into a biotech firm while he s still a student While he works there he cooks up an apocalyptic plot to release a superbug The Gulag Handbook disguised as a libido enhancing pill once he s perfected his own synthetic race of humanoids which heesigned as an answer to everything he s identified as wrong with human nature For example the Crakers have photosynthetic pigment in their skins which means they The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion do not have to kill to eat Crake alsoesigned them to be cheerfully promiscuous and have obvious signals of sexual receptivity thus eliminating conflict over sex Crake s a real humanitarian except for the whole kill off Mankind 10 part of his planStructurally the novel suffers from being too long and taking too long for the story to move forward Indeed the whole thing is told in flashbacks with Jimmy reminiscing as the Crakers pester him for stories of their creator Atwood erred on the side of too much Will in the World description in Handmaid s Tale as well but that was a shorter novel maybe 100 less pages than Oryx and Crake and the society she was revealing to us was better realized Also a lot of touches that were clearly meant to be satirical fall flat One of Crake and Jimmy s favorite pastimes in youth is playing computer games and the games Atwood comes up with are transparent attempts to shock us with the nihilism of her young antiheroes Also every other object in the novel is given some cutesy brand name This is clearly an attempt to mock the corporatization of global culture but the effect is just irritating None of the characters particularly register either Two of Atwood s trademark Elusive Women figure in this novel Jimmy s mother runs off while Jimmy is a preteen for reasons we never learn and when Jimmy meets up with Crake again when they are adults and Crake isesigning his new species Crake has a mistress named Oryx who never allows either man to get to know her though she sleeps with both The June Fourth Elegies difference between these and other Elusive Women say Grace Marks in Alias Grace Zenia in The Robber Bride Joan in Lady Oracle or Marian in The Edible Woman is that the others either revealed themselves to the reader if not to the men in their lives or like Zenia and Grace gave us enough interesting possibilities that we cared to speculate as to their true natures These women elude not only Jimmy and Crake but also the reader The men though given many pages of characterevelopment are nearly as flat Crake is a clear instance Of Metaphor Abuse He Is metaphor abuse he is to be mildly autistic as the college he attends is nicknamed Asperger s U and he Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes disparages his old high school as containing wall to wall neurotypicals As his autism never appears in his behavior or becomes relevant to the story indeed it is never mentioned except in the chapter titled Asperger s U I suspect it was only brought up to underscore the single salient point of his character which is hisetachment from the rest of the human species The sole salient point of Jimmy s character seems to be that he is not Crake I wonder if all Margaret Atwoods books are like this one Having read Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid s Tale I am curious now how many other ways of horrifying me she has up her sleeve Oryx and Crake is a The Confabulist dystopian or as Atwood calls it herself a speculative fiction novel set in a future where genetic engineering rules the world The story is told from the POV of Snowman a seemingly last Homo sapiens sapiens on Earth He is surrounded by the new breed of humans passiveocile Children of Crake who are physically flawless void of envy and jealousy o not understand violence Crake who are physically flawless void of envy and jealousy o not understand violence sexual rive unable to be artistic or comprehend technology As the story progresses through Snowman s recollections we gradually learn the seuence of events leading to the fall of humanity as he knew it and Snowman s own contribution to it The structure of the book is very similar to that of The Handmaid s Tale So if you liked the writing style of that book with constant shift of tenses past and present mingled together you ll enjoy Oryx and Crake too Once again Atwood takes a current trend this time it s biogenetic engineering and extrapolates it to an insane extent "Creating A Horrifying World Of Social Disparity "a horrifying world of social isparity genetic hybrids raging man made viruses The author s imagination is limitless her command of English language is mind blowing This book is so much than a science fiction novel that it so often labeled It is a eeply philosophical book that raises numerous uestions is it wise to artificially alter something created and perfected by Nature over millions of years oes a man have a right to engineer a perfect human and Ask the Past decide who lives and whoies or is there such a thing as a perfect humanJust like The Handmaid s Tale the ending is uncertain The fate of Snowman and humanity is uestionable Will the humanity survive Will Crakers overtake Are Crakers really what Crake intended them to be the perfect beings There are no answers and I am happy there aren t This book is not intended to tell us what is right and what is wrong rather it makes us think about what might beReading challenge 13 3 of 5 So you go to Wal Mart to buy your groceries because it s so amn cheap but then you realize Wal Mart is hiring very few full time employees and not offering reasonable health care to its employees and it s walking employees through the process of how to get Medicare not to mention they re closing own small businesses by exploiting foreign economies to get the lowest possible fucking cost so Wal Mart s making YOU pay medical benefits for ITS employees and replacing good jobs with shitty ones and you on t want to support that not to mention most of their food comes from the big corporations that have copyrighted their grains an. Derness 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 imagini. Oryx and CrakeWhat a fantastic ystopia awaits Our post apocalyptic fate will surely be a wonder to behold Atwood BUILDS UP when any other sensible writer writing today about the oomed future would simply TEAR DOWN In this compulsively readable novel the fabulous formula borrows some ingredients from such classic books as The Island of Dr Moreau Jurassic Park The Road and Never Let Me Go erive from the same line of thought as it It s basically SUPERIOR to all of those books save maybe the fourth in bringing so much imagination to the forefront it gi I am calling complete and total bullshit There are so many things wrong with this book that it s hard to know where to begin For starters the idea of having a couple of Short Stories by Roald Dahl different timelines going at once and shift tenses according present tense for the present regular past tenses for the past causes some serious grammatical problems and is an utter BS plotevice I m not a huge fan of telling a story through flashbacks but it can be Goldilocks the Three Bears done reasonably while retaining proper grammar It s not brain surgeryI admit that I went into this book predisposed not to like it for a variety of reasons Iidn t like The Blind Assassin yes I might be the only person IN THE WORLD who can say that but I thought that I should be fair and give an author another chance before I make up my mind I also generally islike ystopic literature because it s so rarely Socialist Realism done right Her basic idea was kind of interesting ifone better in Richard Matheson s I Am Legend and even that had its problems but the execution was fatally flawed I I Look Up To... Michelle Obama don t know much about science but Io know that some of the research was wrong and the timelines Doctor Extraño don t add up She seemed like she researched just enough to be able to throw words around but not enough to use them correctly a little knowledge is aangerous thing The biggest problem was the characters though three such utterly unsympathetic main characters o not make it easy to like anything about the story Crake was a rabid og that needed to be put Never Tell down a lot sooner than he was Oryx was probably insane and too cold to make you care and Snowman was just tooamn stupid Also characters that you meet while they re watching child porn to me means that they should be first in line for the electric chair not that I should care about their personal problemsThe biggest problem I have with Atwood though is a problem that seems to be systemic in her works she s so bloody arrogant When you open one of her books you re immediately hit in the face by a thought bubble She is writing World Changing Literature and you should grovel before her genius You have to Feminism is for Everybody dig through layers of ego just to get to the plot She has talent nooubt but she is so full of herself and her ability to be a Literary Writer that you miss the book forest for the literary trees Also also she probably thought that ending was clever but it was in fact a cop out She was bored with the book she wanted to end it so she Deterring Democracy did It must be convenient to not have to actually tie up her loose ends In summary I am clearly too much of a plebeian to appreciate the full extent of her genius and I should crawl back to the benighted hole from whence I came How can someone make up such a fascinating and terrifying story Wow I absolutely loved it It took me some time to take this book from my book shelves it was there already some time it seemed a bit weird but after having read the Handmaid s Tale I took up the challenge and it was well well worthed An apocalyptic story about a guy who seems to have remained as the sole human alive after an epidemic catastrophy leading to mankind goingown Together with the weird Crake s children he survives and it s tough The story alternates beween his youth and past and THE APOCALYPTIC WORLD IN WHICH HE apocalyptic world in which he to survive and the story leads up slowly to the events that lead to the catastrophy Highly recommended and highly fascinating It took me some time to read it as I id not have much time to read but every page was worthed and it was to read it as I id not have much time to read but every page was worthed and it was worthwhile taking everything in intensively in stead of reading fast I am now officially a big fan of Margaret Atwood and looking forward to read the seuel I had read Year of the Flood not realizing that it was a seuel to Oryx and Crake Thus a Hunters Heart desire to see what else was in store in this post apocalyptic vision Atwood portrays a world in which short sightedness causes a major global collapse in civilization We travel with a few characters through the transition from bad to unimaginable and see what might happen if we continue along some of the paths we now trod Genetic engineering is at the core here and along with it flows a consideration of what it means to be human Are the highly engineered tribe of innocents st Oryx and Crake is an exceptionally weird novel that left me baffled stunned and evenisgusted however as time went on it eveloped into one of the cleverest pieces of fiction I have ever read Behind the child "pornography ritualistic killings and animal abuse two young teens relished watching in their spare time on the internet resided a ormant "ritualistic killings and animal abuse two young teens relished watching in their spare time on the internet resided a Nazi Gold dormant to understanding the excesses of human behaviour in order toominate it One of the boys Crake is phased by nothing he is cold calculating and utterly Mr Majeika and the School Inspector detached from the passions most people experience He watches such sick things in order to understand humanity in all itsark and gruesome facets His best friend Jimmy is lead along Selected Poems due to his loneliness and curiosity His personality is overshadowed by that of his intelligent friend s And what theyiscover together rives Crake onto a very ark and Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 dangerous road But why What s Crake s endgame I couldn t have guessed until the end I was sure something big was coming but I wasn t expecting something uite as radical as what we got The set up for it is massive I m currently reading the book for a second time and I can see all the early warning signs of what s to come If I m being a little bit cryptic here it s because Ion t want to land a massive spoiler in your lap The point is Atwood has one something exceedingly clever in these pages And I can t wait to see where she takes it in the rest of the trilogy There are so many themes she can address and so many interesting places she can take this This is a ifficult novel to read in places because it The Train Robbers depicts some truly horrible things but I urge you to look beyond such representations and consider what Atwood was trying to say It s worth listening to And as much as I love The Handmaid s Tale I would go as far to say that this is a much accomplished novel Itoesn t have any feminist ualities though instead it turns its critical eye towards issue of survival for humanity in a world on the cusp of environmental and economic collapse It s on par with 1984 and Brave New World with its subversive ualities and imaginative representation of a future that is not too far from reality At times it reminded me of Ishiguro s novel Never Let Me Go with its No Reason To Die depiction ofepressed youth in a worl. 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 ,
D the characters cannot fully navigate as they chose to suppress memories and ideas Oryx is the prime example but the limiting factor of the novel is its protagonist Jimmy Jimmy is uite stationary and flat as a character I hope he progresses in later books as here his experiences are vanilla when compared to what Oryx and Crake have He felt like a means to tell their story a mere narrative Naked Risk (Shatterproof device so I m hoping given how this novel ends he starts to take a stronger grasp on the story and infuses it with a sense of ownership Time will tell for now this a great book full of great ideas And potentiallyepending how Atwood uses them in the rest of the trilogy it could be one of the best Raking The Ashes dystopian fictions ever writtenMaddAddam Trilogy1 Oryx and Crake 5 stars2 The Year of the Flood 5 stars3 MaddAddam 2 stars You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree One Generation AwayI find itifficult to tell whether Atwood s Ellie (Ellie, dystopian fantasies are meant as constructive social criticism or as sarcastic prophecy Recent headlines suggest that her prophetic skillsominate and with them her anticipatory sarcasmIn the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the MeToo movement for example the British actress Joanna Lumley is reported to be fervently hoping that not all men are bad As Spencer Tracey said in the 1955 film Inherit the Wind when told by the trial judge in the Scopes monkey case that he hoped that Tracey wasn t mocking the court Your Honor has every right to hope So no Joanna it s hard to find a good one but please go on hopingI think it s fair to say that there is little hope for males in Oryx and Crake Certainly not for the protagonists of JimmySnowman nor the eponymous Crake who are both thoroughly misogynistic from puberty onwards They humiliate females in their fascination with kiddie porn and their fantasy of women as either saints or incompetents But the obliue references to male oppressors goes far beyond the characters of the story If I interpret Atwood correctly she includes Adam Smith Moses Freud Darwin Gandhi and perhaps even the genetic scientists Watson and Crick as symbols of a male Dear Office-Politics dominated corporatocracy And she s undoubtedly right The XY genetic make up is clearlyefective After all how Thomas Harriott does one otherwise explain the recent tragedy in Toronto in which ten people were killed and another fifteen seriously injured This insane atrocity was carried out by a so called incel that is an involuntarily celibate male His murderous grievance was against women because they found him sexually unattractive His considered strategy for revenge was random homicide by motor vehicle One such nut case would be embarrassing for man kind but it is reported that than 40000 men subscribe to a Facebook account which promotes an Incel MovementAtwood s anticipation of the Incels is remarkable Crake is a Jim Jones type of scientific genius who is responsible for a world wide genetic make over Part of the Crakian genetic reesign for humanity thereby creating the children of Crake is the ritualization of sexual activity so that males A Mistletoe Kiss don t feel bad when rejected by prospective female mates Otherwise the world would continue to be plagued by the single man at the windowrinking himself into oblivion to the mournful strains of the tango But such things could escalate into violence Extreme emotions could be lethal If I can t have you nobody will and so forth Death could set in As a solution the losers in courtship rituals in Crake s new world immediately lose all sexual esire as well as their glowing blue penises as soon as they receive the negative news Men are pigs and are in need of fundamental reconstruction in other words even by their own assessmentOr accurately men are pigoons according to Atwood s story line Pigoons are one of the many men are pigoons according to Atwood s story line Pigoons are one of the many species created by modern genetic splicing In this case of pigs and raccoons Other varieties include rakunks snats wolvogs bobkittens spoat giders and rabbits that glow with the genes of jellyfish These invasive and predatory animals are mis attributed as the Children of Oryx This is another misogynistic swipe since Oryx is an Asian girl sold into slavery who becomes both a porn star and Jimmy s feminine muse a ig at Jung whenever he has enough booze to stimulate alcoholic hallucinationsOne might think that Atwood s literary reach might have exceeded her intellectual grasp in conceiving such strange creatures as pigoons But in today s news appears the astounding announcement that pigs brains are now being kept alive outside their bodies The scientists involved apparently all of them men believe that it is possible to repeat this remarkable feat with any mammal And that therefore inter species splicing is indeed feasible Human immortality some believe is at hand The children of Crake indeed human beings hope they can stick their souls into someone else some new version of themselves and live on forever It is not just their genes that are uestionable Male minds are philosophically harmful in their rationalization of male power as beneficial in an Invisible Hand sort of way The benign logic of competitive personal ambition for advancement for reputation for wealth for making the world better is a mere excuse for power seeking The male mind is warped in its essential isolationism He Jimmy wanted to be himself alone uniue self created and self sufficient The uest for power ensures only one thing an increase in the Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book destructiveness of power Another way of saying the same thing an increase in power reuires exploitation of the environment of animals and of other people particularly of women Someone or something always loses in the competitive hormonal struggle Crake made the Great Emptiness say the menThe zero sum game in the maleominated world is enshrined by the children of Crake in its creational mythology Crake made the bones of the Children of Crake out of the coral on the beach and then he made their flesh out of a mango But the Children of Oryx hatched out of an egg a giant egg laid by Oryx herself Actually she laid two eggs one full of animals and birds and fish and the other one full of words But the egg full of words hatched first and the Children of Crake had already been created by then and they The Hidden Jewels d eaten up all the words because they were hungry and so there were no words left over when the second egg hatched out And that is why the animals can t talk Crake in other words not only sexual rivalry he alsoestroyed the possibility of intelligent conversation Even Jimmy His Disciple And Jimmy his and advertising copywriter recognizes the profundity of the loss Hang on to the words he tells himself The odd words the old words the rare ones Valance Norn Serendipity Pibroch Lubricious When they re gone out of his head these words they ll be gone everywhere forever As if they had never been Crake s Chaplin debasing of language is actually part of an ideology The whole world is now one vast uncontrolled experiment the way it always was Crake would have sai. Nd 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 wil.