[PDF / Epub] ★ Oryx and Crake By Margaret Atwood – Golanvideoagency.info

Oryx and Crake eh.bore x and crake this is a very all right book i was just unwowed by it initially, i liked the pacing of the book, and the way the story was spooling out between the present and past, doling its secrets out in dribs and drabs but the characters just seemed so flimsy, and i was ultimately left with questions than explanations and the cutesy futuristic products and consumer culture bits are best left in the hands of a george saunders, not the queen of the long pen however and this maybe counts as a spoiler, but its just a minor plot point that is revealed somewhere in the middle and its not like oh she has a dick or they were dead the whole time , so i say it does not qualify but riding the train to school today, i understood the potential value for pills given to the public that they would think were to improve their sex lives but were secretly sterilizing them the thirty or so teenagers that plowed into the train screaming and carousing who then decided that the crowded subway was the best place to get into a full on hair pulling bitchslap fight cannot be allowed to breed please give us those pills, geneticists i will bake you a delicious raspberry pie.come to my blog Oryx and Crake is an exceptionally weird novel that left me baffled, stunned and even disgusted however, as time went on, it developed 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 dormant drive to understanding the excesses of human behaviour in order to dominate it One of the boys Crake is phased by nothing he is cold, calculating and utterly detached from the passions most people experience He watches such sick things in order to understand humanity in all its dark and gruesome facets His best friend, Jimmy, is lead along due to his loneliness and curiosity His personality is overshadowed by that of his intelligent friend s And what they discover together drives Crake onto a very dark and 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 quite 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 I don t want to land a massive spoiler in your lap The point is, Atwood has done 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 difficult novel to read in places because it 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 It doesn t have any feminist qualities, 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 qualities 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 depiction of depressed youth in a world 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 quite 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 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 potentially, depending how Atwood uses them in the rest of the trilogy, it could be one of the best dystopian fictions ever written.MaddAddam Trilogy1 Oryx and Crake 5 stars2 The Year of the Flood 5 stars3 MaddAddam 2 stars FBR Twitter Facebook Insta Academia This is the second dystopia Atwood has written, and I think it s less successful than The Handmaid s Tale Her vision here is of a not too distant future in which the US is 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 and drafted into a biotech firm while he s still a student While he works there, he cooks up an apocalyptic plot to release a superbug disguised as a libido enhancing pill once he s perfected his own synthetic race of humanoids, which he designed 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 do not have to kill to eat Crake also designed 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 1.0 part of his plan.Structurally, 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 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 is designing 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 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 character development, are nearly as flat Crake is a clear instance of metaphor abuse he is indicated to be mildly autistic, as the college he attends is nicknamed Asperger s U and he 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 his detachment from the rest of the human species The sole salient point of Jimmy s character seems to be that he is not Crake. Sometimes I m torn between wishing I could get a glimpse inside Atwood s mind and thinking that might be absolutely terrifying. 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 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 plot device I m not a huge fan of telling a story through flashbacks, but it can be done reasonably while retaining proper grammar It s not brain surgery.I admit that I went into this book predisposed not to like it, for a variety of reasons I didn 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 dislike dystopic literature, because it s so rarely done right Her basic idea was kind of interesting if done better in Richard Matheson s I Am Legend, and even that had its problems , but the execution was fatally flawed I don t know much about science, but I do know that some of the research was wrong and the timelines 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 a dangerous thing The biggest problem was the characters, though three such utterly unsympathetic main characters do not make it easy to like anything about the story Crake was a rabid dog that needed to be put down a lot sooner than he was, Oryx was probably insane and too cold to make you care, and Snowman was just too damn 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 problems.The 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 dig through layers of ego just to get to the plot She has talent, no doubt, 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 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 going down 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 has 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 did not have much time to read, but every page was worthed and it was even 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 sequel. What a fantastic dystopia awaits Our post apocalyptic fate will surely be a wonder to behold Atwood BUILDS UP when any other sensible writer writing today about the doomed 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 derive 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 gives us good evidence that great, lasting literature does not have to be boring Inventing a Whole New World, creating an Origin tale, establishing a stream of consciousness which gives up to the reader enough clues to continue on his way to unravel the secret at the center of the novel Who is the elusive Oryx Who is the mysterious Crake Miss Atwood does it all, not a single page disappoints Seriously Here is a rare example of chaos being handled with expert skill.It is WAY accessible, it should be mentioned, than the often over praised Handmaid s Tale , which is as feminist a tale as this modern novel is humanist Individualism of the 80 s in strict contrast with the Globalization of the 10 s Animal hybrids and new species are invented, as are whole new words and classification systems Atwood is intrepid in the creation of this fun, original terrain, which is in itself a theme of the novel And let s not forget to mention a fresh plot, heavy with allegory but also as effortless as air, in both the elements of comedy and surprise It is a book as exotic as any blue assed member of the Children of Crake. One Generation AwayI often find it difficult to tell whether Atwood s dystopian fantasies are meant as constructive social criticism or as sarcastic prophecy Recent headlines suggest that her prophetic skills dominate, and with them her anticipatory sarcasm.In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the MeToo movement, for example, the British actress Joanna Lumley is reported to be fervently hoping thatnot all men are badAs 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 hopeSo, no Joanna, it s hard to find a good one but please go on hoping.I think it s fair to say that there is little hope for males in Oryx and Crake Certainly not for the protagonists of Jimmy Snowman 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 oblique 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 dominated corporatocracy And she s undoubtedly right The XY genetic make up is clearly defective After all how 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 40,000 men subscribe to a Facebook account which promotes an Incel Movement.Atwood 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 re design for humanity thereby creating thechildren of Crakeis the ritualization of sexual activity so that males don t feel bad when rejected by prospective female mates Otherwise the world would continue to be plagued bythe single man at the window, drinking 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 desire 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 assessment.Or accurately, men arepigoonsaccording to Atwood s story line Pigoons are one of the many new species created by modern geneticsplicingIn 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 dig at Jung whenever he has enough booze to stimulate alcoholic hallucinations.One 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 indeedhuman 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 questionable 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 isolationismHe Jimmy wanted to be himself, alone, unique, self created and self sufficient The quest for power ensures only one thing an increase in the destructiveness of power Another way of saying the same thing an increase in power requires exploitation of the environment, of animals, and of other people, particularly of women Someone or something always loses in the competitive hormonal struggleCrake made the Great Emptiness,say the men.The zero sum game in the male dominated world is enshrined by the children of Crake in its creational mythologyCrake 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 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 eliminated sexual rivalry, he also destroyed the possibility of intelligent conversation Even Jimmy, his disciple and quondam advertising copywriter, recognizes the profundity of the lossHang 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 debasing of language is actually part of an ideologyThe whole world is now one vast uncontrolled experiment the way it always was, Crake would have said and the doctrine of unintended consequences 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 inquiry and technological development, an ideology which conforms to the competitive, driven strangeness of masculine nature The latest headlines from California about Bill Cosby s conviction make it difficult to disagree with Atwood at any point 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 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 passive, docile Children of Crake who are physically flawless, void of envy and jealousy, do not understand violence or sexual drive, unable to be artistic or comprehend technology As the story progresses, through Snowman s recollections, we gradually learn the sequence 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 bio genetic engineering and extrapolates it to an insane extent, creating a horrifying world of social disparity, violence, 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 deeply philosophical book that raises numerous questions is it wise to artificially alter something created and perfected by Nature over millions of years does a man have a right to engineer a perfect human and decide who lives and who dies or is there such a thing as a perfect human Just like The Handmaid s Tale, the ending is uncertain The fate of Snowman and humanity is questionable 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 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 Welcome To The Outrageous Imagination Of Margaret Atwood


About the Author: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master s degree from Radcliffe College.Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry,


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