Oryx and Crake: A question


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Oryx and Crake: A question

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Mar 24, 2007, 10:55am

Warning: Spoiler

So I originally posted this on the "What are you reading now" group but someone said I should post it here too

So, I have been thinking about this book and something struck me as odd

In the book if you recall, Snowman talks about the daily rainfall and the fact that his skin blisters in the sun so he has to wear a sheet - these to me are cataclismic (hopes this is a word lol) changes which denote something huge that changed the atmosphere - like a nuclear bomb. Why would a plague cause it to rain everyday and cause his skin to blister?

Do you think Atwood was originally can say the world was ended by an atomic bomb and then changed her mind - or is there something that I'm missing?

Editado: Mar 25, 2007, 12:50pm

I rather doubt Atwood would have had any such plan originally -- it would be hardly necessary.

Did you read the Acknowledgements at the end of the book? It mentions the webpage, http://oryxandcrake.com/ . Margaret Atwood in the essay writes, "No animal can exhaust its resource base and hope to survive. Human civilizations are subject to the same law."


My personal thought is that the slippery slope to the ending started with e-books : ) Global warming was nothing in comparison. { I saw An Inconvenient Truth last week }

Mar 25, 2007, 9:23am

Although it's many, many books ago now that I read Oryx and Crake, I would agree with >2 kathrynnd:. I think Atwood looked around her at the contemporary environmental (and other) issues and extrapolated into the future. Small changes have an cumulative effect over the years.

Jun 22, 2007, 2:17pm

I really enjoyed O&C. After that terrifying scene where Snowman is trapped by the pigs, every bacon sandwich feels like an act of revenge.

The post-apocalyptic novel gives an author so many pregnant opportunities to stick the boot in to the manifold shortcomings of contemporary life. George R. Stewart's Earth Abides would be another. Ever since I've read it, I can't help but think that no water will come out of every tap I turn on.