helcat (helcat) wrote in dystopics,

So it's time...

...to kick off this community. I came up with the idea while reading Oryx and Crake, and then, as I'm often wont to do, I put the book down and hadn't had a chance to finish it. I'm going to try to do that sometime this week.

Have any of you read it? It got a lot of buzz because people were talking about Atwood writing her second science fiction novel, but she writes dystopias. Her first one, as you all probably know, was Handmaid's Tale. Looking back on that one, I find her choice of setting really unsettling: she picked New England for her Republic of Gilead, and I believe she rationalized the choice by its Puritan heritage. I'd like to reread it and examine the similarities between Gilead and the evanglistic christians that largely populate the south, as well as in the context of the muslim oppression of women that I believe initially inspired the book.
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Having not read it (or the other), I'm devoid of an opinion, though I'm having seriously mixed reactions to Ursula K LeGuin's short fiction as it pops up in the various collections I tend to graze on with lunch (but this is more probably attributable to the flap raised over the recent miniseries that was loosely based on her writing, which subsequently pokes its head up every time I see her name).

Are you speaking of The Handmaid's Tale (when you speak so off handedly of "the muslim oppression of women?". You may have a point in the context of the Handmaid's Tale but if you were speaking of Oryx and Crake I have to say I don't see the links. Oryx and Crake is a novel firmly based on Western ideas twisted out of shape, about enlightenment ideals stretched to the nth degree. It has practically (from what I can remember) nothing to do with Muslim women. In any case nice to see that this interest group is up.
Yeah, I was referring to Handmaid's Tale throughout the second paragraph--I haven't finished Oryx and Crake yet. thanks for stopping by.. I haven't done any community promo on this yet and as such the notes are just sitting around waiting to be found and such. But it is something I'd like to talk more about. Welcome!
Loved Oryx and Crake! Loved it so much I wish I could delete all knowledge of it and read it again.

I'm currently reading "A Handmaids Tale" but it's not doing the same to me as Oryx and Crake did.

I know this a an oldish post but i'd just like to give my opinion.


January 10 2009, 15:05:45 UTC 8 years ago

i would recommend margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale and Cormac McCarthy's The Road