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Oryx og Crake : roman (2003)

af Margaret Atwood

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Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey-with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake-through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.… (mere)
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Sidst jeg læste Atwood, var hun optaget af feministiske dagsordener i ’Op til overfladen’, så det var noget af et sceneskift til denne undergangsroman fra 2003. I indledningen møder vi hovedpersonen Snemand, der tidligere hed Jimmy. Han sidder oppe i et træ et uidentificeret sted ved den amerikanske vestkyst, efter at en virus har udslettet menneskeheden. Eneste selskab er ’crakerne,’ en genmodificeret menneskerace, der er gudesmukke og barnagtige.

Fremtidspesten var dødsstødet til en civilisation, der allerede var i opløsning pga. global opvarmning, naturkatastrofer og en skarp opdeling i ’Enklaver’, hvor de rigeste og klogeste fremstiller nye avancerede produkter, og ’plebsområderne’, hvor resten lever et skummelt liv. Demokratiet er vist for længst gået under, og økonomien er moralsk anløben. Der er tilsyneladende intet, der holder jagten på nye produkter til helbredelse og fornøjelse tilbage.

Snemand er mere end en almindelig tilskuer. Da han var dreng, var han bedste venner med den geniale Crake, som vi hurtigt kan fornemme har haft mere end en finger med i spillet i forhold til verdens triste tilstand. Mens Snemand kæmper for at holde sig i live i nutiden, får læseren hele baggrundshistorien fortalt.

Undergangstemaet er naturligvis ikke just originalt, men historien er usædvanligt underholdende og også skræmmende, fordi vi allerede kender kimen til så mange af ekstremiteterne. Når der forskes seriøst i at transplantere grisehjerter til mennesker, er der så et langt skridt til at massedyrke organer i genetisk modificerede grisonger? Og kender vi ikke allerede virksomheder, der headhunter medarbejdere fra hinanden og placerer dem i særlige enklaver med eget sundhedssystem, supermarkeder og andet, der gør det unødvendigt at komme i kontakt med resten af samfundet?

Fascinerende er også skikkelserne Crake og Oryx. Crake er den gale videnskabsmand, men hvordan er han blevet sådan, og hvorfor kaster han sig ud i sine vanvittige planer? Atwood peger på idealisme som en forklaring, men lader samtidigt muligheden stå åben for, at det bare er et røgslør for trangen til at spille Gud.

Oryx er deres fælles kærlighed med en fortid som offer for pædofile pornofilm, og det interessante ved hende er, at hun slet ikke føler sig som et offer. Tværtimod tager hun gerningsmændenes forklaringer helt alvorligt, for er det trods alt ikke bedre at blive solgt af sine forældre til tiggeri og det, der er værre, end at dø af sult? Det synspunkt kan Jimmy overhovedet ikke acceptere, og jeg havde også svært ved at få det til at glide ned.

Oryx og Crake er et originalt og fascinerende værk om menneskets uendelige trang til at spolere verden og om alle de farer og udfordringer, vi som samfund og art står over for lige nu. Det er vel ikke en fordømmelse af al bioteknologi som sådan, men hvor går grænsen mellem nødvendig søgen efter nye løsninger og selvudslettende adfærd? Som Crake påpeger på et tidspunkt, så må et medicinalfirma, der har helbredt alle sygdomme, selv skabe nye, hvis det skal holde forretningen i gang. ( )
  Henrik_Madsen | Apr 12, 2010 |
Oryx and Crake is a piece of dystopian fiction written from the point of Snowman (known as Jimmy in his former life) – the last human left on Earth. At least, he believes he’s the last human left on Earth until the end of the book.

I found the parts of the book describing Snowman’s journey to Paradice (the dome in the compound where Crake did his work) to be a lot less interesting than his recollections of his previous life as Jimmy. I loved reading about how Jimmy and Crake met, the little signs that Crake gave off as to what he might be planning and the direction his thoughts might take in the future (though Jimmy didn’t recognize these until it was too late), etc.

Crake is really the star of the show in this book in my mind – Jimmy simply acts as a vessel for us to learn about a character who is dead and who therefore cannot teach us about himself.

Snowman’s adventures in real time seem almost pointless to me. Why not dedicate the whole book to Jimmy’s friendship with Crake, with just a bit of general explanation as to what’s going on now? I think the present would have been much more interesting if the Crakers were explored more than Jimmy’s struggle to survive and come to grips with what Crake had done.

On the whole, however, I thought it was a great book.
 
Set sometime in the future, this post-apocalyptic novel takes scientific research in the hands of madmen to its logical and frightening conclusion. Inspiring readers to pay more attention to the world around them, Atwood offers cautionary notes about the environment, bioengineering, the sacrifice of civil liberties, and the possible loss of those human values which make life more than just a physical experience. As the novel opens, some catastrophe has occurred, effectively wiping out human life. Only one lonely survivor and a handful of genetically altered humanoids remain, and they are slowly starving as they try to adjust to their changed circumstances.
tilføjet af stephmo | RedigerMostly Fiction, Mary Whipple (May 28, 2004)
 
In Margaret Atwood's first attempt at writing a novel, the main character was an ant swept downriver on a raft. She abandoned that book after the opening scene and became caught up in other activities, which she has described as ''sissy stuff like knitting and dresses and stuffed bunnies.'' That certainly does not sound like Ms. Atwood, who is known for the boldness of her fiction. Of course she was only 7 at the time.
tilføjet af stephmo | RedigerNew York Times, Mel Gussow (Jun 24, 2003)
 
Margaret Atwood has always taken a jaundiced view of human nature. Back when her mordant observations about marriage and other relations between the sexes had her marked down as a feminist, she took pains to fire off several novels in a row featuring weak, manipulative, dishonest and outright bad women, partly to prove that her skepticism was distributed fairly. She has always been of the opinion that people are a mixed bag of the occasionally decent and the frequently mendacious and that there's not much anyone can do to change that fact.
tilføjet af stephmo | RedigerSalon.com, Laura Miller (May 27, 2003)
 
Genetic tinkering. Rampant profiteering. A deadly virus that sweeps the globe. Are these last Tuesday's headlines or our future?

In Margaret Atwood's novel Oryx and Crake, the answer is both. For Atwood, our future is the catastrophic sum of our oversights. It's a depressing view, saved only by Atwood's biting, black humor and absorbing storytelling.
tilføjet af stephmo | RedigerUSA Today, Jackie Pray (May 26, 2003)
 

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Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey-with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake-through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

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