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5.0 out of 5 stars A history lesson from the future, 12 Oct. 2009
This review is from: The Year of the Flood (Hardcover)
Margaret Atwood combines her knowledge of biology, history and economics with her award winning story telling skills to produce this compelling narrative of a few lonely survivors in a world gone mad. The story is set in the time of the pandemic disaster told in her previous novel Oryx and Crake. Personal histories are told in the first person by the main characters in a convincing and endearing manner despite the alienness of a future culture where multi-national corporations run the world. The troubling fact underlying this fictional setting is that it's all too plausible. The story works on many levels, but the primary focus is the personal relations among the characters. They don't really think that they will save the world by being vegetarian gardeners, but it just seems like the other choices aren't working. The setting may be fictional, but there is a history lesson here none-the-less. And before you dismiss it, take note that Margaret Atwood was right in predicting bad consequences of toxic debt - before the financial crisis hit.
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