Oryx and Crake (By Margaret Atwood)

Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake


ISBN: 9780385503853Number of Pages: 400
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupBook Title: Oryx and Crake
Publication Year: 2003Target Audience: Trade
Author: Margaret AtwoodReading Age: 12+


Margaret Atwood, the author of the British Booker Prize Blind Assassin and the most popular writer for the Nobel Prize for Literature, once again provoked the readers’ nerves after The Story of the Servant and described the ruins of human beings after virus infection and genetic transformation.

At the beginning of the novel, the book leads the reader into the desolate world after the disaster: rusty machines, broken beaches, sad birds and distant waves. The “Snowman” is the only survivor. In addition, there are a group of naked, perfect, naive, green eyed, genetically modified “Craco people”.

The world before the disaster was dominated by genetic engineering. Human beings created countless different species: an “organ pig” with no brain but only fat organs, a “dog wolf” with a kind appearance but actually sinister and vicious, a “spider sheep” with a genetic recombination of spiders and goat.

Oryx and Crake is a science and technology anti Utopian plague literature, which predicts the human catastrophe caused by biotechnology and virus mutation. Margaret writes human nature in the poet’s sharp style. It is creepy and frightening, filled with desolate aesthetics.

  • Amazon Online Bookstore evaluates five stars
  • The most popular female writer for the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • High allegorical plague literature works of the 21st century
  • Nomination for Booker Prize and Orange Prize in 2003

Oryx and Crake is one of the best ap lit book, Best AP Lit Book List (2022)

About the Author

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1939, he began to write at the age of six and aspired to become a writer at the age of sixteen.

He won the 1996 Giller Prize for Canadian Literature with Alias Grace, and won the E.T. Pratte Award for his poem Double Persephone at the age of 19. The Circle Game won the title of Canadian Governor’s New Poetry in 1996.

He won the UK Booker Prize in 2000 with The Blind Assassin, making her become the world’s most famous great writer. Margaret is the most popular Nobel Prize winner in the world’s literary world, with the number of her works up to 30. His works has been translated into 33 languages in the world.

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Table of Contents

  • Negotiating with Margaret Atwood / J. Brooks Bouson
  • Magical realism in The robber bride and other texts / Sharon R. Wilson
  • Parodic border crossings in The robber bride / Hilde Staels
  • You’re history: living with trauma in The robber bride / Laurie Vickroy
  • “Was I my sister’s keeper?” The blind assassin and problematic feminisms / Fiona Tolan
  • Narrative multiplicity and the multi-layered self in The blind assassin / Magali Cornier Michael
  • “If you look long enough”: photography, memory, and mourning in The blind assassin / Shuli Barzilai
  • Moral/environmental debt in Payback and Oryx and Crake / Shannon Hengen
  • Problematic Paradice in Oryx and Crake / Karen Stein
  • The apocalyptic imagination in Oryx and Crake / Mark Bosco.