March Books 20) Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood

I came to this with somewhat low expectations, but actually found it a pretty gripping, if sombre, tale of near-future apocaplyse. The viewpoint character, Johnny / Snowman, reminisces about how his friend Crake destroyed humanity in order to replace us with his own genetically engineered version (Oryx being their love). It’s a fairly basic sfnal plot, and Atwood does it competently and coherently; not as good a book as he own The Handmaid’s Tale (nor as brilliant a treatment of the theme as this), but I found it engaging, if somewhat grim.

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1 Response to March Books 20) Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood

  1. gareth_rees says:

    The gack is a puzzle, to be sure. The middle column of the snippet continues:

    ex. gr.—”The truth is, my dander was up, and nothing but war could bring it right again.” * * * “I was determined not to

    but is cut off at that point. In the text of the Narrative of the Life of Davy Crockett, the second quoted passage continues “… go back until I had done it.” so maybe it was merely a typographical error in the original printing: gack for back or for go back.

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