Overload Update

December 19, 2008

Oryx and Crake…done.

Vanity Fair…done.

Hobbit and Life of Pi for the Teen Reading Club book group…well, I’ve gone through them again.

Unfortunately, I took time I could have been reading The 9/11 Commission Report, Kay Ryan’s poetry, or anything else, to reread a Harry Potter Book. And now, Philip Gourevitch’s We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families and Edward Said’s On Late Style have arrived. And Plummer still waits in the wings. Well, his autobiography does. Lots of good reading to do…Merry Christmas to me!

(And I might skim the 9/11 Report).

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5 Responses to “Overload Update”

  1. Kate said

    Did you like Oryx & Crake? I haven’t read it.

    I know we’ve done a bit of Atwood’s poetry together, but I don’t recall how you feel about it, or her, or her prose.

    • Faith said

      I like Atwood more than lots of the other contemporary Canadian poetry we’ve read…and actually, I shouldn’t say it like that because, while it lives up to its stereotypes sometimes, I liked quite a lot of it.
      Oryx and Crake was a fun read. A get-out-from-the-library book rather than a buy-it book, for me. I think I’ve found I’ve outgrown science-fiction, or the “literary” kind, as a genre, in some ways. I appreciate the authors’ attempts to shock us into recognizing our own condition…but I’m already horrified by us without them “making it strange”, if you know what I mean.

  2. I find that often her particular kind of science fiction/dystopia becomes rather bland and run of the mill after a hundred pages or so. She is a far greater short story writer than she is as a novelist, but that’s just my humble opinion. Cheers.

  3. Faith said

    That’s good, because I:
    1) love short stories
    2) don’t think I’ve read any of the rest of her novels (ahh, the life of an English major/avid reader…”I can’t be sure, but I think…”). So now I know.

  4. daughterofben said

    I bought _Oryx and Crake_ in my first year when I had three- and four-hour breaks between classes. I did find it entertaining, but did find the “future” setting was unnecessary to make the environmental/abuse of science commentary. Though I tend not to enjoy most dystopic novels because I find we “get the point” rather early on, and the hyperbolic bleakness of the these books tends to depress me (rather than motivate me to any sort of self-reflection or social change). Orwell and Voltaire got the length right in Animal Farm and Candide (respectively).

    Atwood is also a great poet and essayist.

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