With breathtaking command of her shocking material, and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into an outlandish yet wholly believable realm populated by characters who will continue to inhabit our dreams long after the last chapter. This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers.
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"Absorbing...expertly rendered...Virtuosic storytelling [is] on display." (The New York Times) "Chesterton once wrote of the 'thousand romances that lie secreted in the Origin of the Species.' Atwood has extracted one of the most hair-raising of them all, and one of the most brilliant." (Publishers Weekly)
I have listened to this through three times. the story is amazing and the narration is compelling. I am really transported to this weird dire world that Margaret Atwood has set this in. I say confidently that this is my favorite book of all time.
I would because it's interesting and makes us think about what we do and value in society today.
The medical aspect of things. How everything grew to be controlled by the advances made in science.
Towards the end when we saw what happened right before the end of society as we knew it.
The writing style of the book is not one that appeals to me. I don't like coming in as the reader with little to no context or information, as if I've just woken up on a foreign planet and have no idea what's going on. I feel a disconnect from the story and its characters when I'm given tiny bits of information at a time throughout the story only to finally know what is going on at the very end of the story. For that, I give the book 4 stars out of 5. I can appreciate the use of this style of writing, but it's not one that I personally enjoy at all.
Half-way into the book and nothing has happened. Just a reflecting of how evil humanity can go and the awful things that we meet there.
I think I liked this book, or maybe just wanted to like it enough that it kinda stuck. The biology, sociobiology and psychology is interesting. Marget Atwood has some interesting ideas about the psychological pressures behind the shortcomings of mankind and the traits we can graft from other species to overcome our deficiencies. She also has an absolute fixation on transactional sexuality and the myriad ways one can use/abuse sex. I mean she really digs it. We got a taste in The Handmaid's Tale, but here she super-sexualizes a seven year old (say that five times fast) and has a character that obsessively recount the abuse every few pages. Its totally unnecessary for the reader, or maybe once if that is the lever to the abused characters mind and a second time to reveal the narrator's discomfort, but after that it just feels like the author is trying to be "edgy" or confrontational and not in service to the story. Beyond the sexual disfunction most of the characters fall flat. The Crakers are actually kind of great. Their society, ritual and biology is interesting and well described. Oryx (the sexy child) is at her best in our limited observations of her with the Crakers and Crake himself is mostly a sociopathic cardboard cut-out. We are limited in our understanding of the other principal characters because our narrator is helplessly self absorbed. His interest in Oryx and Crake are simply as a reflection of his own needs, doubts and desires. Jimmy (the narrator) does offer some fun word play and all of his best moments are punctuated with his collection of under-utilized or otherwise enjoyable words.
I have a curiosity which may prove enough to continue with the series. This is definitely a dark dystopic world, but the science is interesting and the Crakers have significant potential. Jimmy may not be beyond redemption, but it will require him embracing his role in society. He has shown signs, which is all I can ask.
Who would have thought a long commute to work could yield so much fun?
Psychology of change
The Giver... in the sense that the end seems to leave you hanging, but not so much in the same way.
The best and worst aspects of humanity might not be what you think they are.
Atwood, as usual, leaves nothing left unsaid. Growth, change, and survival are the primary themes but in the context of humanity's own self-destructive tendencies. Atwood captures possibly the most revealing aspect to being human - how tragedies endured lead to well-intended sacrifice, wisdom lost, strength, and a new myth. Atwood imbues in her three characters a very recognizable three-part person, in which the title character ends up dealing with the difference between reality, the past, and the memory that ultimately overlaps allowing for a means to joy, agony, curiosity, perplexity, and survival, although not in an anticipated way. Of course. The more closely one listens, the more one sees the conclusion unfold in each chapter, a story pre-destined and yet pregnant with 'what if' or 'what might have been', but inexorably leading to the unconditional surrender to 'what is'.
This book is science fiction, with fiction emphasized. Margret Atwood gets the science of genetics all wrong, but that is part of the fun. It is a parable of sorts, loaded with winks and smiles.
Unfortunately, one does not feel anything for the characters, nor does one care.
I was disappointed because I was expecting another Handmaidens Tale. Atwood is a formidable social critic but Oryx and Crake was simply cagey.
I don't know who might enjoy it. It meandered around with an overly long exposition, and after 3 chapters, I simply couldn't wait any longer for something to happen.
A John Scalzi book. Funny, thought-provoking - I always enjoy him.
It was OK, but nothing in particular that I would complain about.
Might have been going to somewhere interesting. It just took too long.
This books starts out bad, with a dystopian future, bad family life, and gets worse as the book continues. There are no likeable characters, the plot line is a bit of a stretch in places as the author struggles to get the main characters together. The overall story is almost non-existent, as it can be summed up in a couple of sentences. The narrator delivers the entire story in a monotone, coming off whiny and immature. I made it through the book because I really thought it would eventually get better, but it never did. The ending is also disappointing, as it leaves you hanging with the introduction of new critical characters but no resolution. Surely this is not a setup for a sequel, as I can't believe the author would come up with another book full of the same boring monologue.
Campbell Scott's narration is outstanding, and really made me love the character of Snowman. In fact, I had started reading this book years ago and just couldn't get into it. But the Audible version was great.
Jimmy (Snowman) of course, as the book is told from his point of view and focusses on him. But even narrating the female voices, Scott does a fine job.
Margaret Atwood is one of our greatest living writers. I believed this even before I listened to the Oryx and Crake trilogy, but these works strengthened my conviction. The narrator of Oryx and Crake is profoundly alienated, which makes this the darkest of the three, but there is also a great deal of sly humor. And a whole lot of very fine writing. The future world Atwood creates draws on the currents and proclivities of your own times, taking them to logical extremes. The result is deeply unsettling.
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