"STRIKES A NOTE OF WARNING AS UNAMBIGUOUS AS MARY SHELLEY’S IN FRANKENSTEIN”: FIRST EDITION OF ORYX AND CRAKE, 2003, SIGNED BY MARGARET ATWOOD
ATWOOD, Margaret. Oryx and Crake. (Toronto): M & S, (2003). Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. $250.
First edition, preferred Canadian edition, of Atwood's widely praised novel—"a potential dystopian classic"—signed on the title page by her.
The first novel in Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy, Oryx and Crake is, in many ways, closely akin to Handmaid's Tale (1985). "Towering and intrepid… [it] vividly imagines a late-21st-century world ravaged by innovations in biological science. Like most literary imaginings of the future, her vision is mournful, bleak and infernal, and is punctuated in Atwood style, with the occasional macabre joke—perhaps not unlike Dante's own literary vision… one can discern the dark left hand of Ursula K. Le Guin, and in its shrugging, eschatological amusement it channels the spirit of Vonnegut" (New Yorker). Short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, Oryx and Crake "strikes a note of warning as unambiguous as Mary Shelley's in Frankenstein… the force of Atwood's imagining grows in direct proportion to our rising anxiety level. And so does the importance of her implicit caution" (New York Times). "Chesterton once wrote of the 'thousand romances that lie secreted in Origin of Species.' Atwood has extracted one of the most hair-raising of them, and one of the most brilliant… this is a potential dystopian classic“ (Publishers Weekly). Preferred first Canadian edition, issued simultaneously with the first American and English editions.
A fine copy.