Re-read Read Along of The Year of the Flood Conclusion (Chapters 68 through 77)

NOTE: SPOILERS APPEAR THROUGHOUT THIS POST

 

68. REN    SAINT CHICO MENDES, MARTYR     YEAR  TWENTY-FIVEYear of the Flood

Ren and Toby’s journey continues. They find Oates hanging from a tree.

69. TOBY   SAINT CHICO MENDES, MARTYR   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

They reach the eastern gatehouse to AnooYoo Spa. Toby takes some defensive measures and then makes soup. Then while reconnoitering she finds Blanco in a separate room and administers the White Death Angel and Poppy.

70. TOBY   SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby leaves Blanco’s body outside for the pigs. They pass Pilar’s burial place under the Elderberry bush. They meet a man in a white bedsheet whom Ren identifies as Croze. She runs to meet him and greets him with an embrace; he clutches her tightly.

71. REN   SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

They (Croze, Toby and Ren) go to the cobb house where they used to have the Tree of Life Exchange. There are more people there. The shortest man is introduced as MaddAddam. Toby reveals her code name (Inaccessible Rail) online and they know her by that name. “They” were the scientists who worked with Zeb. The painballers have been by and still have Amanda. Zeb is still alive!?

72. TOBY   SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby is not certain yet if Zeb really is alive.  Rebecca and Toby catch up on their lives.

73. REN   SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Croze explains that the pandemic plague started when Crake ordered that the experimental human gene be put in the BlyssPlus pill making it a “poison sex pill”. Then he tells Ren about the Crakes and she learns that Jimmy was Crake’s friend and he might have made it out of the Paradice Project dome. Zeb comes back with supplies/food from the Compounds (yes! he is alive). They did not find Adam One. They had seen the crazy guy who sleeps in a tree(!).

The plan is to continue searching for Adam One and the Gardeners.  Toby volunteers to go with Ren and try to save Amanda.

SAINT TERRY AND ALL WAYFARERS.   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE    Of  the Wandering State.  Spoken by Adam One

Saint Terry’s Day is dedicated to Saint Terry Fox and Sojourner Truth and Saints Shackleton and Crozier and Saint Laurence “Titus” Oates:  they knew it is better to journey than to arrive, “as long as we journey in firm faith and for selfless ends”.

Hymn: The Longest Mile

74. REN   SAINT TERRY AND ALL WAYFARERS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby meditates while Ren considers Amanda and all Amanda did for her. They come upon Glenn’s made-on-purpose people (the Crakers). “It’s like seeing unicorns. I want to hear them purr.” The Crakers give an update about Amanda, the two painballers and also Snowman. Toby finds tracks in the sand (footprint!…see Oryx and Crake).

75. TOBY   SAINT TERRY AND ALL WAYFARERS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby sums up the situation as she sees it.

76. TOBY   SAINT TERRY AND ALL WAYFARERS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby and Ren approach the men at their fire. Ren sees Amanda. Toby lifts the rifle. The men are discussing trading Amanda for some Craker women. Men reveal that the cellpack for their spraygun in really low. Then Jimmy comes forward with a spraygun. Ren recognizes him and steps out to warn him. Toby steps into the clering, rifle raised. Toby tells Ren to get the men’s spraygun. Amanda springs into action. Ren ties up the men and then re-introduces herself to Jimmy.

SAINT JULIAN AND ALL SOULS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

As always on this day, the words of Saint Julian of NOrwich, that compassionate fourteenth- century saint, reminds us of the fragility of our Cosmos – a fragility confirmed anew by the physicists of the tentieth century…

“No, my Friends, it is not this earth that is to be demoloished: it is the Human Species.”

Hymn: The Earth Forgives

“In sweet forgiveness find your joy,

For it alone can set you free.”

77. REN    SAINT JULIAN AND ALL SOULS    YEAR TWENTY-FIVE  

The group sits around the fire. Toby is making soup and working to heal Amanda and Jimmy. Toby feeds them and urges them to concentrate on the present and be grateful. Jimmy and Ren exchange words that free Ren from the past and she feels happy. Singing is heard in the distance and the torches of a procession flicker.

 

Some words from Jeanette Winterson’s review (September 20, 2009) in The New York Times:

“In this strangely lonely book, where neither love nor romance changes the narrative, friendship of a real and lasting and risk-taking kind stands against the emotional emptiness of the money/sex/power/consumer world of CorpSEcorps, and as the proper antidote to the plague-mongering of Crake and Jimmy, for whom humankind holds so little promise. As ever with Atwood, it is friendship between woman that is noted and celebrated – friendship not without its jealousies but friendship that survives rivalry and disappoiontment, and has a generosity that at the end of the novel allows for hope. Atwood believes in human beings, and she likes women. It is Toby and Ren who take the novel forward from the last page, not the genetically engineered new humans.”

Re-read Read Along of The Year of the Flood Chapters 49 through 67

NOTE: SPOILERS ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE POST

Hymn: The Peach or PlumYear of Flood 2

49. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

“Adam One used to say…Without the light, no chance; without the dark, no dance.” CorpSeMen break into the Snakepit. Ren sees what happens on cameras in the Sticky Zone where she is trapped now (she was there getting a repair to her BodyGlove.)

50. Ren remains trapped. On camera she learns of a major epidemic, world wide. That it was on the news meant that it was very serious – “”The Corps couldn’t keep the lid on.” The dead people from the Snakepit were removed by men in biosuits but no one checked the second floor where Ren was. After a few more days “there wasn’t any more news. ” Ren figures she has food for six weeks. She texted Amanda to come to Scales and got a NO SERVICE message. Eventually she reached her in Ohio.

51. Ren reminisces about her relationship with Amanda and with Jimmy: this helps the reader recall the connections and presents the Martha Graham Academy from another perspective. She has a reunion with Bernice who is taking courses in How to Profit from Holistic Healing. Ren apologizes for what happened to Burt (Bernice’s father). Years later Ren learns of Bernice’s death in a raid on a Gardeners’ safe house.

52. Ren is sure she will see Jimmy again. (“There was a hole in my heart that only Jimmy could fill.” When she did see him “He didn’t even wave, he looked away as if he hadn’t seen me.” Ren’s “biofather” Frank is kidnapped and taken across the Atlantic. Kidnappers will trade Frank for some formulas but HelthWyzer says the formulas are worth more than Frank. Lucerne lost her status as top-wife at HelthWyzer and also her house. She moved to CryoJeenyus Compound and Ren was “kicked out of the nest” when Lucerne moved in with another man who wasn’t prepared to support Ren. This was how Ren almost ended up at Scales and Tails but she met a woman from the AnooYoo Spa (actually Toby under the pseudonym Tobiatha) and who took Ren on as an apprentice.

53. At AnooYoo Ren and Toby exchange stories/experiences. After a year, Toby found Amanda who was a bioartist living near Heritage Park. Toby warned Ren not to get too involved with Amanda. It so happens that Amanda has become involved with Jimmy and she had Jimmy’s picture on her fridge. Ren thinks: “I felt as if she’d stuck a nail right into my heart.” The Ren is snubbed (blown off) by Lucerne: “It was like being erased off the slate of the universe – to have your own mother act s if you’d never been born.’ So Ren left AnooYoo for Scales and Tails so that she could effectively avoid both Amanda and Lucerne.

54. Amanda breaks up with Jimmy. Glenn starts coming to Scales (he is now the top guy at Rejoov Corp). He was in charge of the Paradice Project.  This is a major link to Oryx and Crake. Oryx comes with Glenn to Scales. Ren has to serve Jimmy as a customer.

SAINT DIAN, MARTYR.   YEAR OF TWENTY-FIVE. Of Persecution. Spoken by Adam One

In remembrance of Bernice. Consecrated to interspecies empathy. Especially in remembrance of “Saint Dian Fossey, who gav e her life while defending the Gorillas from ruthless exploitation.”

The Gardeners must move out of their present hiding place.

Hymn: Today We Praise Our Saint DianGod's Gardeners Hymns

55. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Ren remains undiscovered; food is running out.

56. Ren sees Amanda on the videoscreen carefully sneaking into the Snakepit.

57. TOBY   SAINT KAREN SILKWOOD  YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby sends a message with a bee. Pigs have trashed the garden. Toby checks her supplies.

58. REN    YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Amanda describes her journey to find Ren.

59. TOBY   SAINT ANIL AGARWAL    YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby prepares to go foraging. She remembers Adam One saying “What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” In the garden, she salvages an onion and 2 radishes. In the meadow, she is tempted to sleep. She feels the dark forest drawing her in. She collects some of the maggots from the dead boar.

60. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Ren and Amanda dress in Biofilms. They play music and three guys showed up: turned out to be Shackie, Croze and little Oates. They had been locked in Painball as the Red Team and so did not get the plague. They compare experiences with Ren and Amanda. They had been working with Zeb and others at taking bioforms to specific locations and setting them loose in an attemot to “destroy the infrastruture.”  But the plague, they said, was not a MaddAddam thing. Then the Gold Team came looking for the Red Team and the five abandoned Scales and Tails.

61. They went to the old Wellness Clinic after getting supplies from a supermarket. They decided to go on to AnooYoo but on the way they were attacked. When Ren awoke, only Amanda was with her.

PREDATOR DAY.   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE   Of God as the Alpha Predator

Spoken by Adam One.

On Predator Day we celebrate God the Tiger. Or God the Lion etc. “He is not a tame Being, my Friends; he is a wild Being, and cannot be summoned and controlled like a Dog.”

Hymn: The Water-Shrew that Rends Its Prey

62. TOBY   SAINT NGANEKO MINHINNICK OF MANUKAU   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby shoots at the painballers and they run off.

63. TOBY   SAINT WEN BO DAY   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Ren seeks Toby’s help.

64. Toby treats Ren.

65. TOBY   SAINT MAHATMA GANDHI DAY  YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby uses maggots to cure Ren.

66. TOBY   SAINT HENRI FABRE, SAINT ANNA ATKINS, SAINT TIM FLANNERY, SAINT ICHIDA-SAN, SAINT DAVID SUZUKI, SAINT PETER MATTHIESSEN  YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby continues Ren’s treatments. Ren tells Toby about what has happened to her. Plans are made to find Amanda.

67. They set out: the plan is to make their way towards the sea.

SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE   Of the gifts of Saint Rachel; And of the Freedom of the Spirit.  Spoken by Adam One

Hymn: When God Shall His Bright Wings Unfold

NOTE: See next post for the completion (Chapters 68 through 77)

Re-read Read Along of The Year of the Flood Chapters 37 through 48 and including POLLINATION DAY

NOTE: SPOILERS ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THIS POST

APRIL FISH.   YEAR FOURTEEN    OF THE FOOLISHNESS WITHIN ALL RELIGIONS Spoken by Adam One

“On April Fish Day, which originated in France, we make fun of one another by attaching a Fish of paper, or, in our case, a Fish of recycled cloth, to the back of another person and then crying out, “April Fish!” It was “surely first a Christian festival, as a fish image was used by the early Christians as secret signals of their faith in times of oppression.” “And help us yo accept in all humility our kinship with the Fishes, who appear to us as  mute and foolish; for in Your sight, we are all mute and foolish.”

Hymn: Oh Lord, You Know Our Foolishness

37. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

She recalls checking in on the Snakepit again later in the evening. Four Painballers had shown up and were being handled using BlyssPlus pills.

38. Lucerne informs Ren that they are returning to the HelthWyzer Compound and Amanda cannot come with them. Amanda gives Ren her purple phone. Ren and Lucerne take a cab to the HelthWyzer gateway.  Lucerne claims they were forcibly abducted when they went to the pleeblands.

39. At HelthWyzer, Ren is reunited with her father Frank. Her room was still the same. Fank approached her as if she might bite. “He smelled of complex chemicals”. She was taken to a psychiatrist. She talked to Amanda on the phone in her bedroom closet.

40. Frank treats her “like a window: he never looked at me, only through me.” She went to HelthWyzer High. Lucerne called her Brenda now. Her guide at school was Wakulla Price. (Jimmy had a crush on Wakulla!) Jimmy is Wakulla’s lab partner. He has some exchanges with Ren (Brenda). Ren learns “how easy it is, treachery. You just slide into it. But I knew that already, because of Bernice. ” Ren called Amanda on the purple cellphone and learns that Amanda a Shackie have partnered up to steal. Amanda told Ren “love was useless, because it led you into dumb exchanges in which you gave too much away, and then you got bitter and mean.”

41. Ren and Jimmy become friends. Ren writes a diary and hides it in a stuffed bear. She says Gardeners were right about…”reading someone else’s secret words does give you power over them.” Then Glenn comes to HelthWyzer Hight. Ren recognizes hime as the person who came to see Pilar. Jimmy spends more time with Glenn. Jimmy’s mother disappears. Ren and Jimmy have sex.

42. Ren’s phone is discovered by her mother so Ren loses touch with Amanda. Her  relationship with Jimmy doesn’t last. She eventually goes to Martha Graham Academy two years after Jimmy goes there.Year of the Flood

THE FEAST OF SERPENT WISDOM.   YEAR EIGHTEEN.   ON THE IMPORTANCE OF INSTINCTIVE KNOWING. Spoken by Adam One

Adam One warns that unofficial inquiries are being made about Zeb. Serpent wisdom, says Adam One, “is the wisdom of feeling directly, as the serpent feels vibrations in the earth.” It is a “wholeness of Being.”

Hymn: God Gave Unto the Animals (a wisdom past our power to see)

43. TOBY.   THE FEAST OF SERPENT WISDOM.   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby feels premonitions: “We’re using up the earth. It’s almost gone.”

44. Saint Jacques Cousteau’s Day. Year Eighteen.

Zeb tells Toby the Gardeners have lost track of their boy courier at the Watson-Crick Institute.

45. A woman brings ” a gift of genome codes” from HelthWyzer.  “The ratio of women to men fleeing the Corporations was roughly three to one.” This particular woman wanted to send a message to her son Jimmy at Martha Graham Academy! “Toby was assigned as minder to the new refugee.”

46. Saint Aleksander Zawadzki of Galicia’s Day (one of Toby’s favourite saints)

Toby was partial to Aleksander because he catalogued the flowers and beetles of Galicia (Poland). Zeb brings Toby bad news: Blanco is back managing SecretBurgers. Zeb goes to check things out and gets involved in a confrontation on the street. Adam One is upset that Zeb acted first which is against the Gardeners’ understood rules. Watches were posted. Toby had the Hammerhead (code name of the new refugee) hidden in her own cubicle with a calming drink. Baseball bats, two-pronged forks, a plant hydrator and “relocation” by Amanda were used in the ensuing battle on the roof. Best of all, Toby set the bees on Blanco: “He fled howling down the fire-escape stairs, flailing and slapping, trailing a plume of bees.”

47. Gardeners decide to place Toby in one of their Truffle niches in the Exfernal World. Toby tells the bees she has to go. She is disguised as a pink duck. Hammerhead is sent to Oregon; Toby will be closer so that she can return. She wears a sandwich board advertising the AnooYoo Spa on the Street of Dreams. She was taken to a clinic for some changes in he appearance: hair colour, skin, green contact lenses etc. Then she spent six weeks in a Truffle cell in SolarSpace.”It was a surreal interval.”

48.When her disguise was finished she went to the AnooYoo Spa-in-the-Park as Tobiatha “the vaguely Tex-Mex but discreet and efficient manager.” “We’re not selling only beauty, the AnooYoo Corp said in their staff instructionals. We’re selling hope,” Toby’s feelings about age reversal: “If you really want to stay the same age forever and ever…try jumping of the roof:death’s a sure-fire method for stopping time.” Toby began stasing away supplies. She had a computer in her office and watched the news. The biggest hazard at the AnooYoo was that Lucerne (Ren’s mother) was a regular customer. One day, Zeb shows up disguised as a groundsman: he sets up a way for Toby to communicate through the EXTINCTATHON game monitored by MaddAddam. After a long time, she receives this message: “The garden is destroyed. Adams and Eves gone dark. Watch and wait.”

POLLINATION DAY   YEAR TWENTY-ONE   OF THE TREES AND OF THE FRUITS IN THEIR SEASONS   Spoken by Adam One

“…Our flight was rapid:our escape narrow. Now, true to their nature, our enemies have laid waste to our Rooftop.”

“Disguised to blend in with the background, we thrive under the noses of our enemies. We have shed our plain vestments and swathed ourselves in mallway purchases.”

Also reported is the CorpSeCorps creation of a mechanized slave bee: an issue which the Gardeners must consider carefully.

SEE NEXT POST FOR CHAPTERS 49 THROUGH 67

Re-Read Read Along of The Year of the Flood Chapters 18 through 36

THE FESTIVAL OF ARKS     YEAR TEN   OF THE TWO FLOODS AND THE TWO COVENANTS     Spoken by Adam One

The first flood was the one for which Noah’s Ark was built. God’s Gardeners were thought of like  ” a plural Noah.” Gardeners ” ill cherish”…”the knowledge of the Species…and ferry this priceless knowledge over the face of the Waterless Waters, as if within an Ark.”

Hymn: My Body is My Earthly Ark

18. TOBY  SAINT CRICK’S DAY   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby sees a liobam: “lion-sheep splice” commissioned by the Lion Isaiahists as the only way to fulfill the lion/lamb friendship prophecy without one eating the other. Liobams had curly golden hair and sharp canines.

19. Toby is still hiding from Blanco but begins to work with Pilar and learn about bees and mushrooms.

20. Pilar asks about Toby’s mother and hints that her illness may have been caused by HelthWyzer supplements. Toby helps Pilar treat Zeb’s wound.

21. Maggot therapy is described. Toby learns more about Lucerne and Zeb’s relationship.

22. Toby takes medicine to Lucerne for headaches.

23. Toby learns about lust and Lucerne’s escape from the Compound. Blanco appears near the Cheese Factory and Toby must make a getaway.

SAINT EUELL OF WILD FOODS   YEAR TWELVE  OF THE GIFTS OF SAINT EUELL Spoken by Adam One

Check the Wikipedia entry on Euell Gibbons: it is very interesting.

I remember watching the television commercial in which he advertised Grape Nuts cereal. I remember it very clearly: perhaps some of you do? Gibbons wrote In Search of the Wild Asparagus along with other titles.

Hymn: Oh Sing We Now the Holy WeedsGod's Gardeners Hymns

24. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Ren describes the new BlyssPlus pill which allowed for “hassel-free sex, total satisfaction, blow you right out of your skin, plus 100 percent protection” being tested at Scales where Ren works.

25. In St. Euell’s week, Ren and Amanda and Bernice turned 13 and joined Zeb’s Predator-Prey Relationship demonstration. They had to eat real prey (meat).

26. Amanda has learned about a gro-op at the Buenavista where Bernice lives. She also learns that Brnice’s father may be having sex with Nuala in the Vinegar Room.

27. Bernice is shocked by the revelation about her father and goes home not feeling well. Ren knew they had gone too far.

28. Someone comes looking for Pilar: it is Glenn (readers of Oryx and Crake will know who this is). He sees Pilar alone and speaks with Amanda and Ren afterwards: “Illness is a design fault” he tells Amanda.

“So if you were making the world, you’d make it better?” I(Ren) said. “Yes,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I would.”

29. CorpSeMen interrupt a class with Burt (Bernice’s father) and his wife Veena publicly accuses him. Amanda steals a phone to for Ren to help her lighten up.

30. Amanda arranges to meet Shackie and Croze at the Sinkhole mallway at the holospinner booth. Shackie has brought some of the superweed Burt was growing. It was supposed to be a big deal: Amanda had traded sex for both boys. Ren got sick on the superweed so the girls backed out.

MOLE DAY   YEAR TWELVE   OF THE LIFE UNDERGROUND    Spoken by Adam One

Regret at the loss of Burt, Adam Thirteen and the departure of Veena and Bernice is expressed on this day. Mole Day is a Children’s festival to celebrate the idea that “we are inclined to overlook the very small that dwell among us.” This includes earthworms, nematodes, ants, maggots, moulds, bees, spiders, carrion beetles, and bacteria.

Hymn: We Praise the Tiny Perfect Moles

31. TOBY.   MOLE DAY   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby has been keeping track of days and can recite the list by heart. She also keeps gardening notes. She’d had what she later decided was an hallucination: naked people were in a procession at the far end of the field and were led by one man with clothes on and wearing a red hat.

32. Homes had to be found by those evicted from the Buenavista Condos. Toby is to become an Eve: she will take Pilar’s place as Eve Six. She visits Pilar and sits Virgil for a sign regarding becoming an Eve.

33. Toby makes a potion to relocate the rats from the Fender Bender Building to the Buenavista Condos.

34. Toby is called from a class on herbs to see Pilar immediately. Pilar informs Toby that she (Pilar) has cancer. She has taken a remedy to help her end her life. She wants to pass her position to Toby who feels deserted again (as she had when she lost her parents). Toby stays with Pilar and then must go and tell the bees of Pilar’s death and let them know that she will be their new Eve Six.

35. A general meeting is held about Pilar’s death and Toby’s agreement to fill her position. Pilar is buried under an Elderberry bush (such burials are forbidden). Glenn attends the funeral.

36. Toby reflects upon becoming Eve Six: “As with all knowledge, once you knew it, you couldn’t imagine how it was that you hadn’t known it before.” She learned that Adams and Eves had access to a laptop in a concealed compartment in a room to which she now had a key. She learned the Gardeners had hidden cells of sympathizers and knew the intentions and movements of their enemies. Toby cared for the bees as Pilar had.

 

Re-Read Read Along 0f THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD Chapters 1 through 17

Saturday again. A beautiful late August day: perfect for painting the porch or re-reading Margaret Atwood. I am choosing the latter and reading along with Buried in Print again.  Oryx and Crake was great fun last week and I am really looking forward to The Year of the Flood.Year of the Flood

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS

First Hymn: The Garden

1. TOBY   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE, THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD Toby has to “use a mop handle for balance: the elevator stopped working some time ago and the back stairs are sleek with damp, so if she slips and topples there won’t be anyone to pick her up.” Second sentence: major clues. Then we learn of smells (burning, tar, rancid barbecues, greasy smell) and read of absence of motors, vultures on hydro poles, carrion, weeds, choked flower beds, blanket of algae, green rabbits. Toby never sleeps well. “The doors are locked, the windows barred.”

2. REN  YEAR TWENTY-FIVE, THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD Ren speaks of her childhood with the Gardeners and the Waterless Flood: explains she was safe because of a rip in her Biofilm Bodyglove and so she was quarantined when the Flood hit.

CREATION DAY.   YEAR FIVE.   OF THE CREATION AND OF THE NAMING OF THE ANIMALS    Spoken by Adam One

Explains the beginning of Eden Rooftop Garden. Also says God gave Adam “free will, and therefore Adam may do things that God Himself cannot anticipate in advance.” Re naming the animals: “To name  – we hope – to greet; to draw another toward’s oneself.”

Hymn: When Adam First

3. TOBY  PODOCARP DAY   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE Toby’s work on the garden: “her supplies in the storeroom are getting low.” “Her own hands are getting thicker – stiff and brown, like roots.” She’s been digging in the earth too much.”

4. TOBY   SAINT BASHIR ALOUSE DAY  YEAR TWENY-FIVE Toby speaks of when everyone left the Spa (AnooYoo where Jimmy worked). She chases three huge pigs from around the swimming pool near the garden fence. She knows she’ll have to shoot them when they come back (threat to her long-term food supply). Vegivows she took when she joined the Gardeners means she can’t eat them (“prospect of a bacon sandwich is a great temptation”).

5. Toby goes to her former home to retrieve a rifle she hopes is where it was buried. It was a three day trip.

6. Background story of the rifle. Her dad had taught her to shoot. Her parents’ stories of employment: poor health. second mortgages  etc. Toby away at Martha Graham Academy (where Jimmy/Snowman also attended). When Toby’s mother died, her father went into the empty garage and stuck the Ruger (rifle) into his mouth, and pulled the trigger.” Toby buried her dad and left.

7. “The period that followed was a bad time for Toby.” She ended up working for SecretBurgers.

8. She became Blanco’s “girl”. “Cross me up, I’ll snap you like a twig,” he (Blanco) said.

9. Toby runs away with the Gardeners’ help. “I’m so glad you have made this decision, my dear,” said Adam One. “But Toby didn’t think she’d made any decision at all.  Something else had made it for her. Despite everything that happened afterwards, this was a moment she never forgot.”

10. Toby’s early weeks with the Gardeners. “Toby asked Rebecca whether she really believed the Gardener total-disaster talk, but Rebecca wouldn’t be drawn.”

THE FEAST OF ADAM AND ALL PRIMATES. YEAR TEN   OF GOD’S METHODOLOGY IN CREATING MAN   Spoken by Adam OneGod's Gardeners Hymns

Hymn: Oh Let Me Not Be Proud

11. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE Ren recalls when the Waterless Flood began. She was exercising then went to the Snakepit (dance/music hangout). We meet Amanda. “We (Ren and Amanda)’re each others family…it’s a bond.” Amanda was an artist who did installations. She is in Oryx and Crake (Vulture Sculptures). Amanda says “you trade what you have to. You don’t always have choices.” Amanda came to the Gardeners in Year Ten.

12. This outlines Ren’s backstory and introduces her friend Bernice and several other minor characters: Shackie, Croze, Lucerne and Zeb (Ren’s parents), Nuala, Pilar etc.

13. History of Lucerne and Zeb nd the time when Lucerne lived at HeltWyzer with Ren’s biological father Frank. Also presents information on the Gardeners’ clothes and their stance on possessions like camera phones.

14. About meeting Amanda in Year Ten. Also explains the Tree of Life Natural Materials Exchange and the young Bioneers and twenty-dollar stores in the mallway.

15. Jellyfish bracelets, Scales and Tails and Amanda’s  ant sculptures. Ren invites Amanda to live with her. This makes Bernice angry. “Amanda knows howto steal things,” Ren tells Bernice.” “I meant it as a peace offering, but Bernice only grunted.”

16. Amanda decides between Bernice’s place and Ren’s place: she chooses Ren’s place.

17. Amanda adjusts. She won the respect of the Gardener kids but “on Festival days or at Buds and Blooms Choir practice, no one was as pious as her. You’d think she’d been washed in milk.”