Friday 16 December 2011
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
I don't think like Margaret Atwood. I don't fully agree with what I presume is her world view, as expressed through multiple pieces of writing, creative or otherwise. I'm not a particular fan of poetry and Atwood's books tend to be full of it. And yet... I can't think of her in any other terms than 'one of the greatest writers of our age'.
She is good, damn good.
Oryx and Crake is her another go at anti-utopias, the world after the Apocalypse. What we get is a single survivor of a lab-generated human extinction project, trying to stay alive and musing of present and past. The story is quite engaging, the imagery extremely vivid and the vision of the future... well, not-so-impossible.
Funny enough, I didn't detect preaching. It's not a warning, at least not obviously so. It's just a story, a good one, too.
Oh, probably not recommended to underage readers. Language has not been smoothed out and well... it's not a nice story.
But if you're an adult with a taste for fine literature, do try Oryx and Crake.