Teaser Tuesdays: Oryx and Crake


Margaret Atwood’s writing is so very quotable. As I read Oryx and Crake, I was marking out whole chunks to share in my review and/or teaser posts.

Along the road is a trail of objects people must have dropped in flight, like a treasure hunt in reverse. A suitcase, a knapsack spilling out clothes and trinkets; an overnight bag, broken open, beside it a forlorn pink toothbrush. A bracelet; a woman’s hair ornament in the shape of a butterfly; a notebook, its pages soaked, the handwriting illegible.

The fugitives must have had hope, to begin with. They must have thought they’d have a use for these things later. Then they’d changed their minds and let go.

Here is a slightly less bleaker one

When any civilization is dust and ashes, he said, art is all that’s left over. Images, words, music. Imaginative structures. Meaning—human meaning, that is—is defined by them. You have to admit that.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • Gorgeous!

  • Sarah Mortimer

    I loved Oryx and Crake. Hope you enjoy it and go on to enjoy the rest of the series. I like Year of the Flood too although it’s quite different to Oryx and Crake but I unfortunately couldn’t finish MaddAddam.

  • I have to admit I love reading books where the quotes lift themselves off the page, especially since starting the TT meme. I have never really got on with Margaret Atwood and I’m not really sure why. Maybe now’s the time to give her a second chance?

    Here is my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/tuesday-teaser-august-26/

    • Nishita

      @disqus_mUBrEiIQ5D:disqus I used to feel that way about her too, until I read The Handmaid’s Tale and loved it. Now she’s fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

      • I think sometimes you just pick up a book at the wrong time and I’ve always thought this about Margaret Atwood because on paper she should be an author for me… If I find a second-hand book at the book sale I will try again.

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