The Year Of The Flood (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/8/20
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By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias GraceThe sun brightens in the east, reddening the blue-grey haze that marks the distant ocean. The vultures roosting on the hydro poles fan out their wings to dry them. the air smells faintly of burning. The waterless flood - a man-made plague - has ended the world.But two young women have survived: Ren, a young dancer trapped where she worked, in an upmarket sex club (the cleanest dirty girls in town); and Toby, who watches and waits from her rooftop garden. Is anyone else out there?
Prescient and inventive * Tracy-Ann Oberman *商品の説明をすべて表示する
Out of the trilogy, this is by far the best read, and the best plot. Oryx and Crake was at times hard to deal with, as the protagonist is at times irritating, but in this novel you actually begin to feel for some of the characters.
Welcome to the world of Margaret Atwood. It is the year of the Flood — not Noah’s watery world of the Ark but the Waterless Flood long predicted by God’s Gardeners that will, it is foretold, wipe out humanity.
Is this our future? We can hope not, but the picture Atwood paints is based on trends that are easy to see today. As a cautionary tale, The Year of the Flood is a sobering look at one scenario for the future of the human race.
This is the second book in the MaddAddam Trilogy. Confusingly, it’s not a sequel to Oryx and Crake, the first book, but ranges through the same period of time, with the perspective shifted from the corporate elite to the masses of pleebs outside the walls. Characters casually introduced in Oryx and Crake come to life in The Year of the Flood, while the principals in the first book take a back seat in the second.
Now, in the quarter-century leading up to the Flood, we’re focused on three unfortunate young women whose paths cross in God’s Gardeners: Brenda (Ren), Amanda, and Toby. Short chapters written from their individual points of view alternate throughout the book, gradually illuminating the connections to Oryx and Crake (which I reviewed here).
Margaret Atwood is one of Canada’s most celebrated writers. She has won both the Man Booker Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, among many others.