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  • Anyway, maybe there weren't any solutions. Human society, corpses and rubble. It never learned, it made the same cretinous mistakes over and over, trading short-term gain for long-term pain.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • Jimmy had been full of himself back then, thinks Snowman with indulgence and a little envy. HeÆd been unhappy too, of course. It went without saying, his unhappiness. HeÆd put a lot of energy into it.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • When they're gone out of his head, these words, they'll be gone, everywhere, forever. As if they had never been.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • Arboreal, a fine word. Our arboreal ancestors, Crake used to say. Used to shit on their enemies from above while perched in trees. All planes and rockets and bombs are simply elaborations on that primate instinct.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • Nature is to zoos as God is to churches.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")


  • Why hyphenate, why parenthesize, unless absolutely necessary?
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • At school, he enacted a major piece of treachery against his parents. His right hand was Evil Dad, and his left was Righteous Mom. Evil Dad blustered and theorized and dished out pompous bullshit. Righteous Mom complained and accused. In Righteous Mom's cosmology, Evil Dad was the sole source of hemmoroids, kleptomania, global conflict, bad breath, tectonic-plate fault lines, and clogged drains, as well as every migraine headache and menstrual cramp Righteous Mom had ever suffered.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • Not real can tell us about real.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • Why is it he feels some line has been crossed, some boundary transgressed? How much is too much, how far is too far?
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • But the adjectives change,ö said Jimmy. ôNothingÆs worse than last yearÆs adjectives.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • Once in a while, Jimmy would make up a word but he never once got caught out. ... He should have been pleased by his success with these verbal fabrications, but instead he was depressed by it. The memos telling him he'd done a good job meant nothing to him; all they proved was that no one was capable of appreciating how clever he had been. He came to understand why serial killers sent helpful clues to the police.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • Women, and what went on under their collars. Hotness and coldness, coming and going in the strange musky flowery variable-weather country inside their clothes -- mysterious, important, uncontrollable. That was his father's take on things. But men's body temperatures were never dealt with; they were never even mentioned....
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • Even sex was no longer what it had once been, though he was still as addicted to it as ever. He felt jerked around by his own dick, as if the rest of him was merely an inconsequential knob that happened to be attached to one end of it. Maybe the thing would be happier if left to roam around on its own.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • Or heÆd watch the news: more plagues, more famines, more floods, more insect or microbe or small-mammal outbreaks, more droughts, more chickenshit boy-soldier wars in distant countries. Why was everything so much like itself?
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")

  • You canÆt buy it, but it has a price,ö said Oryx. ôEverything has a price.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Oryx and Crake")


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