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Old 07-30-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Oryx and Crake should be read along with The Year of The Flood. They both take place in the same dystopian world, and some of the characters overlap. They can be read as separate books, but they really do complement each other, and fill in some of each other's blanks.

Handmaid's Tale was her biggest classic, and I've read it several times. Atwood is an author with whom I disagree with most of her politics, but she's such a good writer, I still read her stuff and enjoy it. Handmaid's Tale paints a picture of a horrible future society if religious conservatives were in charge of the US. So you really get a sense of her opinions about religion, and the relationship of men and women. I can still put all that aside and really enjoy the book however. (Most conservatives in the US really just want less government control, not the oppressive tyranical government that Atwood portrays. Also, most of us conservatives see men and women as equals. But I cut Atwood some slack, as she came from a whole background of pre-baby-boomer feminism during a time when women really were treated as inforior.)

I've also read lots of her other books--not futuristic or dystopian, but more explorations of relationships among people, which serve as metaphors for the world as a whole. The Edible Woman, The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, Surfacing. Her feminism pokes through here and there, but is not offensive, at least to me.


Damn, just realized this was a necro-post. Sorry.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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The Handmaid's Tale is one of my half-dozen all-time favorite books.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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Oryx and Crake should be read along with The Year of The Flood. They both take place in the same dystopian world, and some of the characters overlap. They can be read as separate books, but they really do complement each other, and fill in some of each other's blanks.

Handmaid's Tale was her biggest classic, and I've read it several times. Atwood is an author with whom I disagree with most of her politics, but she's such a good writer, I still read her stuff and enjoy it. Handmaid's Tale paints a picture of a horrible future society if religious conservatives were in charge of the US. So you really get a sense of her opinions about religion, and the relationship of men and women. I can still put all that aside and really enjoy the book however. (Most conservatives in the US really just want less government control, not the oppressive tyranical government that Atwood portrays. Also, most of us conservatives see men and women as equals. But I cut Atwood some slack, as she came from a whole background of pre-baby-boomer feminism during a time when women really were treated as inforior.)

I've also read lots of her other books--not futuristic or dystopian, but more explorations of relationships among people, which serve as metaphors for the world as a whole. The Edible Woman, The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, Surfacing. Her feminism pokes through here and there, but is not offensive, at least to me.


Damn, just realized this was a necro-post. Sorry.
I think it is important to note that most intelligent people realize there is a difference between religious conservatives and political conservatives.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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The Handmaid's Tale is one of my half-dozen all-time favorite books.
Mine also; it definitely made one think. This thread makes me realize that I need to look into Atwood's other books.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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She's Canadian. So am I.
I read The Edible Woman in school -- it was required reading for an English class.
I don't *do* dystopian stories.
I once tried to read Alias Grace but couldn't get into it. I think I'm going to give it another try, though. The story concept is totally up my alley, so I suspect that I just wasn't in the right headspace for it when I tried to read it.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:08 PM
 
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Besides her novels, she has some pretty incredible short stories. An if you have an hour to spare, I highly highly highly recommend reading her short story Death by Landscape. Disturbing, haunting, and a thinker. She's really quite a talented writer.
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