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Narration in Oryx and Crake

Going along (sort of) with my response, I wanted to add in the idea of the narrative voice in Oryx and Crake. Obviously, it varies from Jimmy to Snowman, but there are also moments in which another narrator supercedes both of the protagonist's voices. Examples: "So who is he to blame them?

Response 10. Or maybe 9. Pattern Recognition.

A Few Thoughts on Pattern Recognition (potentially scattered, I apologize.)

Response 9

While reading Oryx and Crake, I was fascinated by the narrative structure that Atwood uses to tell her characters' story. At first, it was extremely confusing: it was difficult to tell the point at which Jimmy stopped and Snowman began. However, once I acclimated to this technique, I found it really interesting. After recognizing the differences between Jimmy and Snowman, I realized that pretty much every character has at least two identities, although they are not necessarily as clear-cut as those of the narrator.

Response 8

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Maybe it's because I just finished writing a ten-page paper on incest, but I can't help but focus on the relationship between Antonio and Tan-Tan. Throughout the beginning of the novel, I thought that my final paper topic was the reason that I was reading so much into their relationship. When the abuse was revealed, I found myself comparing it to that of Lore and her mother from Slow River.

Some thoughts on Slow River

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I am still not sure if Slow River falls into my personal definitions of science fiction. Obviously, it takes place in the future, and there are extrapolative qualities to the narrative, but it does not seem "sciency" enough to me. The water parts, although interesting, do not have the same glamorous appeal as interstellar space travel. One of the most fascinating areas of the novel, to me, was the role of pleasure in manipulating its victims' lives.

Race in Cyteen

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In general, race in Cyteen seemed to be of absolutely minimal importance. Surface physical differences deteriorated (or evolved) into genetic ones: the most blatant division within Resuene society is the dichotomy of CIT and azi. However, I find myself wondering if that division is not just a displacement of race issues. The azi certainly seem to be the inferior members of this hierarchical structure. Although they have an important function within the society and do not seem to mind their lower status, they are forced to be servants of the upper strata of CIT's.

Response 6

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After finishing the literary behemoth that is Cyteen, I still cannot help but be a little bit confused about certain aspects of the novel. Although Cherryh does her best to explain all of the details of her world, it seems impossible to ever fully grasp everything that happens within Resuene. Although I enjoyed the book, I felt pretty much clueless at the end of 680 pages. One of its most confusing aspects is the fact that the entire civilization is split into two fundamental groups: the azi and the CIT's.

Response 5

One of the first things that struck me in reading Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand was the perspective. It might be just because I missed the switch from third to first person in Lillith's Brood, but I found myself getting caught completely off-guard by the switch here. Obviously, Delany chooses to make this movement for a reason--he doesn't seem to do anything without reason in this novel.

Drugs and Choice

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We talked a little bit in class on Monday about the morality of the Oankali. One of the examples used to make the claim that they are immoral was their lack of concern for the human concept of choice. Because the Oankali can read into your heads (sense, read, whatever), they have an uncanny ability to know what humans might REALLY want. Obviously, Joseph's reaction to ooloi sex is one such instance. An even more disturbing example is Nikanj's assumption that Lilith wants a child when she is ready, instantly looking into her thoughts and saying, "I mixed a girl to be a companion to you.

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