I gave it a really good effort (at least I think I did) and got through three chapters before I gave up on this one. Amateur naturalist Thomas Edgar leaves his young wife behind while he travels to the Amazon in search of his ‘papilio sophia’, an elusive butterfly. When Thomas returns, shell-shocked and unable to speak, Sophie must try to discover what has happened in the Amazon to traumatize the young Edwardian gentleman. I was vaguely interested in finding out what had happened to Thomas, so I just skipped to the end for a little instant gratification. Time to find something new for my nightstand.
Let me start out by saying that Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed The Blind Assassin and Alias Grace, and I would even go so far as to name The Handmaid’s Tale as one of my favorite books. That’s why I’m so disappointed in this one. Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Snowman seems to be the only living human left in a world full of “Crakers”, some type of bio-engineered, too perfect creatures who look to him for guidance and explanations of the world around them. Strange animals (rakunks, pigoons, bobkittens), also products of some type of biological experimentation, inhabit the wasteland as well. It’s all just a bit too much for me, so I gave up about halfway through. If you are a science fiction fan, then give it a go, but I’m off to find something else for my nightstand.