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Le dernier homme (2003)

par Margaret Atwood

Autres auteurs: Voir la section autres auteur(e)s.

Séries: MaddAddam Trilogy (1)

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Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey-with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake-through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.… (plus d'informations)
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    Le meilleur des mondes. Retour au meilleur des mondes par Aldous Huxley (daby)
  2. 242
    Fahrenheit 451 par Ray Bradbury (andja)
  3. 191
    La servante écarlate par Margaret Atwood (smiteme)
  4. 193
    Le Temps du déluge par Margaret Atwood (haeji, lahni)
  5. 141
    Auprès de moi toujours par Kazuo Ishiguro (readerbabe1984)
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    La Route par Cormac McCarthy (goodiegoodie)
  7. 154
    Sa Majesté des Mouches par William Golding (PghDragonMan)
  8. 91
    Un cantique pour Leibowitz par Walter M. Miller Jr. (Oct326, goodiegoodie)
    Oct326: Both post-apocalyptic novels, Atwood's one is satyric and sarcastic, and skilfully projects some trends of current society in a not-too-far future, suggesting that they can lead us to catastrophe; while Miller's one is very sad, even tragic, deeply pessimistic about humanity, which it describes as inherently stupid and evil, and inevitably bound to repeat its mistakes and destroy itself.… (plus d'informations)
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    Le Fléau par Stephen King (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: What happens when the experiment is unleashed?
  10. 70
    1984 par George Orwell (Valari2)
    Valari2: It's another take of where the future might take us.
  11. 60
    L'Île du docteur Moreau par H. G. Wells (mcenroeucsb)
  12. 50
    Nous autres par Yevgeny Zamyatin (themephi)
  13. 40
    MaddAddam par Margaret Atwood (Philosofiction)
  14. 30
    Memory of Water par Emmi Itäranta (amsee)
  15. 31
    Pure par Julianna Baggott (eenerd)
  16. 20
    Soleil vert (Futurama) par Harry Harrison (schmindie_kid)
  17. 21
    Le Testament de Jessie Lamb par Jane Rogers (wonderlake)
  18. 10
    Au nord du monde par Marcel Theroux (julie10reads)
  19. 10
    Les Fils de l'homme par P. D. James (sturlington)
  20. 11
    Spin par Robert Charles Wilson (limerts)
    limerts: A common theme of humanity destroying itself.

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I almost gave up on this one. 150 pages in, and I wasn't 'feeling it.' You know, 'too many good books, too little time.' But, I hung in there for one more day and darn if I wasn't hooked. The story finished strong and I will read the second in the series. Slogging through this time paid off. ( )
  btbell_lt | Aug 1, 2022 |
This is definitely a different take on the post-apocalyptic cataclysmic novels that are normally written. First of all, this is written in a non-linear fashion and second of all, the apocalypse is just an event and not really a part of the major storyline. The non-linear fashion is interesting but there were many times where I thought I had skipped a part of the book as a leap in time or a leap back in time would make it feel as if I should know what's gone on before. In a lot of ways, the story sets itself up in a universe very much like "A Brave New World". The hyper sexualization into nominalization, the elite vs. the savages, and the society over the individual plays itself very similar to Huxley's novel.

I will say that this novel is probably above my head in that there are a lot of unanswered questions that seem like it would have been easy for the author to give but doesn't. The story takes forever in parts to get going where we hear more about a small aspect of life for three chapters but the final two chapters are like a mad sprint. There are no characters to root for, there are no good or really even partially good guys. The reveal isn't a surprise, although I'm not sure it was suppose to be one. For a post-apocalyptic book, this was a really tough one to stay with, care about, or get through. I feel like the book set up the world fine enough but at the expense of the attention span of the audience. I am more interested in the later half of the book than the early life, teenage life, young adult life of the main character. I am most likely to not read the others in the series and this one will not be added to my recommend list. Final Grade - D ( )
  agentx216 | Aug 1, 2022 |
Una conmovedora historia sobre el último habitante del planeta en un inquietante mundo postapocalíptico. Primera parte de la llamada Trilogía de MaddAddam.

Oryx y Crake es una inolvidable historia de amor y una conmovedora imagen de un cercano e inquietante horizonte postapocalíptico.

Conocido como Jimmy antes de que el planeta se viese asolado por una serie de desastres naturales, Hombre de las Nieves llora la perdida de Crake, su mejor amigo, y de la bella y esquiva Oryx, de quien ambos estaban enamorados, mientras lucha por sobrevivir en absoluta soledad sobre la faz de la Tierra.

A merced de los elementos, acechado por los recuerdos y sin más compañía que la de los Hijos de Crake, esos seres de ojos verdes que lo consideran una especie de profeta, Hombre de las Nieves se pregunta cómo ha podido cambiar todo en tan poco tiempo y emprende un doble viaje hacia su pasado y hacia la burbuja de alta tecnología creada por Crake, el lugar donde empezó todo.
  Natt90 | Jul 13, 2022 |
An interesting mix of sci fi and dystopia. The flashback format is usually pretty hard for me but this seemed more organic in the telling. ( )
  christyco125 | Jul 4, 2022 |
I read Oryx and Crake on a whim after seeing it suggested. I have mixed feelings on this read. More of the time spent discussing the menial aspects of Crake and Jimmy's childhood could have gone to explaining the science behind what happened or what led to ALL of society enjoying watching people being tortured, child-porn, and torture. The world itself and questions raised were intriguing at first but I quickly grew bored with the repetitiveness. Am I supposed to like this horrible society, or even care if they survive?

Characters - The characters were fairly one dimensional. Once I realized there wasn't anything particularly interesting happening with Oryx, Snowman, or even Crake for that matter I was disappointed. Oryx is this mysterious character dangled on a string for 90% of the book and is gone in one sentence? For as much mystery was written around her, I expected more. Oryx had limited dialogue and character development, other than us finding out that both Jimmy and Oryx were in love with her (according to Jimmy, but he seems to be confusing sex and obsession with love). Very unsympathetic characters that make it hard to care. Crake is insane. Jimmy/snowman is boring. Oryx is uninteresting and unrealistic.

Plot – Intriguing, thankfully this was a quick read but still felt too long. Lots of flashbacks throughout, while I understand this as a literary device and appreciate it when it is well done, in this instance I found it distracting and unnecessary as the majority felt like filler. I can't see myself continuing with the trilogy. I guess Oryx and Crake is more of a dystopian speculative fiction rather than sci-fi, but I would have preferred more information about the biotechnology used, back story of how society got to this point, not just information about Jimmy's childhood and his pointless obsession with Oryx. ( )
  NicholeReadsWithCats | Jun 17, 2022 |
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Oryx and Crake is a piece of dystopian fiction written from the point of Snowman (known as Jimmy in his former life) – the last human left on Earth. At least, he believes he’s the last human left on Earth until the end of the book.

I found the parts of the book describing Snowman’s journey to Paradice (the dome in the compound where Crake did his work) to be a lot less interesting than his recollections of his previous life as Jimmy. I loved reading about how Jimmy and Crake met, the little signs that Crake gave off as to what he might be planning and the direction his thoughts might take in the future (though Jimmy didn’t recognize these until it was too late), etc.

Crake is really the star of the show in this book in my mind – Jimmy simply acts as a vessel for us to learn about a character who is dead and who therefore cannot teach us about himself.

Snowman’s adventures in real time seem almost pointless to me. Why not dedicate the whole book to Jimmy’s friendship with Crake, with just a bit of general explanation as to what’s going on now? I think the present would have been much more interesting if the Crakers were explored more than Jimmy’s struggle to survive and come to grips with what Crake had done.

On the whole, however, I thought it was a great book.
 
Set sometime in the future, this post-apocalyptic novel takes scientific research in the hands of madmen to its logical and frightening conclusion. Inspiring readers to pay more attention to the world around them, Atwood offers cautionary notes about the environment, bioengineering, the sacrifice of civil liberties, and the possible loss of those human values which make life more than just a physical experience. As the novel opens, some catastrophe has occurred, effectively wiping out human life. Only one lonely survivor and a handful of genetically altered humanoids remain, and they are slowly starving as they try to adjust to their changed circumstances.
ajouté par stephmo | modifierMostly Fiction, Mary Whipple (May 28, 2004)
 
In Margaret Atwood's first attempt at writing a novel, the main character was an ant swept downriver on a raft. She abandoned that book after the opening scene and became caught up in other activities, which she has described as ''sissy stuff like knitting and dresses and stuffed bunnies.'' That certainly does not sound like Ms. Atwood, who is known for the boldness of her fiction. Of course she was only 7 at the time.
ajouté par stephmo | modifierNew York Times, Mel Gussow (Jun 24, 2003)
 
Margaret Atwood has always taken a jaundiced view of human nature. Back when her mordant observations about marriage and other relations between the sexes had her marked down as a feminist, she took pains to fire off several novels in a row featuring weak, manipulative, dishonest and outright bad women, partly to prove that her skepticism was distributed fairly. She has always been of the opinion that people are a mixed bag of the occasionally decent and the frequently mendacious and that there's not much anyone can do to change that fact.
ajouté par stephmo | modifierSalon.com, Laura Miller (May 27, 2003)
 
Genetic tinkering. Rampant profiteering. A deadly virus that sweeps the globe. Are these last Tuesday's headlines or our future?

In Margaret Atwood's novel Oryx and Crake, the answer is both. For Atwood, our future is the catastrophic sum of our oversights. It's a depressing view, saved only by Atwood's biting, black humor and absorbing storytelling.
ajouté par stephmo | modifierUSA Today, Jackie Pray (May 26, 2003)
 

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Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey-with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake-through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

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