Thursday, June 19, 2014

The OC

If my girlfriend were a former child prostitute I'd first seen on a kiddie porn site, and if she were an annoying person in general, I probably wouldn't stay with her that long.  But that's me.

In case you're wondering where the hell the previous sentence came from, I'm reading Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake,  It's a very successful novel, overall.  The near future dystopia is depressing in part because of how credible it is in light of the present.  A little beyond that is the post-apocalyptic part.  That's weird, very weird.  It is, at the same time, a doubling down on the pessimistic parts of the chronologically earlier parts, while also being a relief from it. 

Also weird is the way this thing just zips right by.


susan said...

I read Oryx and Crake ten years ago when Belle sent it to me as a birthday present. It was interesting and depressing - I still remember the hordes of poor people who surrounded the university and the bizarre gated communities of the employed. When it ended I was just as happy not to feel obliged to wait for the sequels.

Ben said...

Larry sent me all three of the novels this year. I mean to get started on the second one in a couple of weeks. "Interesting and depressing" is a pretty good descriptor. I got the feeling that HG Wells would have recognized his influence on a lot of it.