Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)

Mrs Tomlin read Margaret Atwood’s ‘Oryx and Crake’ during the Spring half-term holiday.  Here are her thoughts about this book:

“I loved Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. This dystopic novel is a change from what you might expect of the feminist author of The Handmaid’s Tale. It begins in a world broken down and distant from our own.  A mysterious character, Snowman (not his real name), lives in a tree and is worshipped by child-like creatures – the Crakers – who are almost human. Incongruously, they bring Snowman a fish every day.  And that’s all there seems to be in the world (except for strange dangerous hybrid creatures such as pigoons).

The narrative takes us back to Snowman’s past and we discover how the world changed into this state and how the Crakers came to be the only ‘humans’ left. We slowly discover who Oryx and Crake are/were and the huge influence they had on the world’s current state. 

The novel deals with topical issues with frightening possibility such as genetic modification and the increasing power of modern technology. The intrigue is relentless. Atwood slowly drip feeds us through the past so that we piece together the jigsaw with trepidation and fascination.”

Is this a move away from the feminism expressed in Margaret Atwood’s previous work?  Share your thoughts here.


Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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