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Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake
"The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes — into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief."  —The Publisher.

Short Fiction
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Official Site
Oryx and Crake

Excerpts from Oryx and Crake
Chapter 1 - OryxandCrake.co.uk

Plot Synopses
Plot Synopsis - Oakland Tribune
Plot Summary *spoiler* - NYU

Interviews and Articles Regarding Oryx and Crake
Margaret Atwood: "Writing Oryx and Crake"
Interview: Oryx and Crake Site
Interview: "Grave New World", The Boston Phoenix (Mar 2004) "Atwood's Bleak Worlds Start in Nature", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Apr 2004)

Book Reviews
Selection of Reviews - OryxandCrake.co.uk
The New York Times (M. Kakutani), 2003
The New York Times (S. Birkets), 2003
The Chicago Sun-Times, 2003
The San Francisco Chronicle, 2003

USA Today, 2003
Time Magazine, 2003
The Guardian, 2003
The Observer, 2003
The Spectator, 2003
The Independent, 2003
Quill and Quire, 2003
January Magazine, 2003
Bookreporter.com, 2003
Salon.com, 2003

Essays on Oryx and Crake
Paradice Lost, Paradise Regained: homo faber and
          the Makings of a New Beginning in Oryx and Crake - Danette DiMarco
Margaret Atwood and the Hierarchy of Contempt - Peter Watts [.pdf]

Study Guides and Miscellaneous Resources
Oryx and Crake Reading Guide - OryxandCrake.co.uk
Oryx and Crake Glossary - Random House
Teacher's Guide to Oryx and Crake - CBC
Study Questions for Oryx and Crake - Kirsten Fisher

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Margaret Atwood has gone on to become not just
a major Canadian Writer, and a woman writer (whom some would call a Feminist Writer),
but an award-winning author of English literature. Her works include novels,
short stories, poetry, etc.