Friday, 23 November 2012

Year of the flood by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood surely needs no introduction and once again she weaves a complex and intriguing tale. Her intelligence, environmentalist beliefs and scientific background are on full display.
 In “The Year of the Flood” she has created a believable world in the not-too-distant future - a post-apocalyptic world where strange creatures roam. Creatures that were the product of man’s mass intervention, cross-breeding species resulting in atrocities such as green rabbits and “liolam” (yes, a lion crossed with a lamb) to name just two. 
As usual her sense of humour is apparent, lifting this book from what could be macabre and depressing.  One example: A Health and Beauty Clinic in this new world is called Anoo Yoo Spa in the Park. 
The novel is narrated mostly by two main characters and is interwoven with lyrics from “The Gods’ Gardener’s Oral Hymnbook”. Oryx and Crake and Jimmy from earlier novels make an appearance late in the piece but you will lose nothing if you have not read the earlier works.

John Updike of The New Yorker wrote of this book: “scarcely a sentence of her quick, dry yet avid prose fails to do useful work, adding to a picture that becomes enormous.”
About the Author - Margaret Atwood

Margaret Attwood lives in Toronto, Canada and has won literary awards too numerous to list including: The Booker, The Man Booker and The Orange.  
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Year of the flood by Margaret Attwood, 2009

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