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From the Booker Prize-winning author of THE BLIND ASSASSIN and THE HANDMAID'S TALE

"Towering and intrepid. . . . Atwood does Orwell one better." —The New Yorker

The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your groups reading of Margaret Atwoods Oryx and Crake—a novel that takes predicting the future of humanity one chilling step further.

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Jennifer Balke, November 16, 2014 (view all comments by Jennifer Balke)
I've known about Margaret Atwood for a long time and even have The Handmaid's Tale but have never gotten around to reading it. After reading about her recently, I decided to check out some of her work again. I've read a couple of Atwood's recently-published short stories, but basically I started with Oryx and Crake. And - wow... I'm definitely hooked! Yes, it's another dystopian novel, but what makes it different (and a bit unsettling) is that it seems so possible and so true unlike some of the other popular dystopias. Perhaps slightly hyperbolic (but only perhaps) and maybe a bit heavy-handed for some people, it seems to be such a keen-eyed consideration of where our world could end up if we don't acknowledge our problems and try to make changes. On to book two of the trilogy!
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Kathryn Linthicum, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Kathryn Linthicum)
I know that this book has been out for a while, but I just discovered it. I'm a total dystopian fangirl, and Oryx and Crake definitely stood out in my mind as one of the best I have ever read. I love the combination of science, psychology, and imagination that creates the world. Already I'm devouring the second book in the MaddAdams trilogy. I can't seem to get this book out of my head, in all of the best ways. I would say more, but I'm not into spoilers. Definitely the best book I read in 2012.
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Zulaikha, December 21, 2012 (view all comments by Zulaikha)
One of the (many) things that has always struck me as ridiculous about the concept of creationism - sorry, sorry, "intelligent design" - is the idea that an infinitely kind and intelligent god designed human beings, and yet this is the best he could do. Give me some ultimate power, and I could design a better species. One not so prone to runny noses and cancer, for starters. One where the trachea and esophagus don't share an opening - that might cut down on that pesky "choking" thing. And, you know, maybe weed out those genes for sickle-cell anemia, autism, SIDS, and myopia. That's just off the top of my head, and I'm far from being infinitely kind or intelligent.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385721677
Author:
Atwood, Margaret
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.06x5.22x.85 in. .62 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Anchor Books - English 9780385721677 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Reading a dystopian novel that so closely matches the current political and cultural situation seems like an exercise in depression, yet part of the truly visceral response to this novel seems due to the realization that it could so easily happen in real life. Oryx and Crake are two larger-than-life characters who are connected to Snowman, the narrator of this post-apocalyptic story. The unraveling of their story and the crisis at the culmination of it are a testament to Atwood's talent.  Bleak, uncomfortable, and eerie, Oryx and Crake is a cautionary tale of science and progress.  Atwood's Year of the Flood is a companion book, and, when read together, they show a deeply layered picture of a frightening world.

"Review A Day" by , "The genre of doom-laden futuristic fiction has its share of classics ? such as H.G. Wells's The Time Machine, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four ? and these works are now joined by Margaret Atwood's splendid novel." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "[I]ngenious and disturbing....A landmark work of speculative fiction, comparable to A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, and Russian revolutionary Zamyatin's We. Atwood has surpassed herself."
"Review" by , "Towering and intrepid....Atwood does Orwell one better."
"Review" by , "Set in a future some two generations hence, Oryx and Crake can hold its own against any of the 20th century's most potent dystopias — Brave New World, 1984, The Space Merchants — with regard to both dramatic impact and fertility of invention, while it leaves such lesser recent contenders as Paul Theroux and Doris Lessing in the dust."
"Review" by , "Atwood has long since established herself as one of the best writers in English today, but Oryx and Crake may well be her best work yet.... Brilliant, provocative, sumptuous and downright terrifying."
"Review" by , "A book too marvelous to miss."
"Review" by , "Rigorous in its chilling insights and riveting in its fast-paced 'what if' dramatization, Atwood's superb novel is as brilliantly provocative as it is profoundly engaging."
"Review" by , "[R]iveting, disturbing....Chesterton once wrote of the 'thousand romances that lie secreted in The Origin of Species.' Atwood has extracted one of the most hair-raising of them, and one of the most brilliant."
"Review" by , "Her shuddering post-apocalyptic vision of the world . . . summons up echoes of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess and Aldous Huxley. . . . Oryx and Crake [is] in the forefront of visionary fiction."
"Review" by , “Brilliantly constructed. . . . Jimmy and Crake grip like characters out of Greek tragedy. . . . Atwood herself is one of our finest linguistic engineers. Her carefully calibrated sentences are formulated to hook and paralyse the reader.”
"Review" by , “Atwood does not disappoint.”
"Review" by , “Biting, black humor and absorbing storytelling.... Atwood entices.”
"Synopsis" by , 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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