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Oryx and Crake kindle ´ Paperback read Ë [Reading] ➶ Oryx and Crake Author Margaret Atwood – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 Oryx and Was so recently Oryx and ePUB #9734 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 I had read Year of the Flood not realizing that it was a seuel to Oryx and Crake Thus a 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 still human Are pigs with human brain elements at least partly people Where should lines be drawn in our capacity to modify reality Classic uestions of the genre for sure The if this goes on notion extends to political and security issues as well as scientific ones I felt at times that the book was addressed to a young audience maybe a cut above YA That stems at least in part on the story's focus on young characters It was a very uick engaging read I liked the book and it addresses real issues Having read two in the series I am looking forward to a promised thirdDecember 52019 Daily Beast Feral Hogs Terrorize Senior Citizens in Texas by Tracy Connor Makes one wonder

Oryx and CrakeWas so recently Oryx and ePUB #9734 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 I had read Year of the Flood not realizing that it was a seuel to Oryx and Crake Thus a 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 still human Are pigs with human brain elements at least partly people Where should lines be drawn in our capacity to modify reality Classic uestions of the genre for sure The if this goes on notion extends to political and security issues as well as scientific ones I felt at times that the book was addressed to a young audience maybe a cut above YA That stems at least in part on the story's focus on young characters It was a very uick engaging read I liked the book and it addresses real issues Having read two in the series I am looking forward to a promised thirdDecember 52019 Daily Beast Feral Hogs Terrorize Senior Citizens in Texas by Tracy Connor Makes one wonder

pdf Æ Oryx and Crake  Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake ´ Rning 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 One Generation AwayI 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 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 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 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 re design for humanity thereby creating the ‘children of Crake’ is 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 by “ the 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 assessmentOr accurately men are ‘pigoons’ according to Atwood’s story line Pigoons are one of the many new 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 dig 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 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 male dominated 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’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 uondam 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 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 said – and the doctrine 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 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 pdf Æ Oryx and Crake  Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood  Oryx and Crake reader

Margaret Atwood  Oryx and Crake reader 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 mou 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 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 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