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The Children of Men

The Children of Men

Large Print - 1993
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Told with P. D. James's trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling,The Children of Menis a story of a world with no children and no future. The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print in association with A.A. Knopf, 1993, c1992
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780679422105
Characteristics: 420 p. (large print) ; 25 cm


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Mar 23, 2021

Nothing like the movie! I found it hard to grasp; I didn’t like the writing style! It didn’t pass my “first chapter interests me so I’ll read the rest” test!

Oct 08, 2020

Shockingly inspiring.
Dynamic. Touching. Perceptive. Prophetic.
Speaks about the death & rebirth of hope, using fertility as an allegory.
James saw something in society that's starting to occur now....
I feel like reading this book in the middle of "Covid" is surreal.
Quite easily the best book I've read in a long, long while - perhaps ever.

The Between the Lines Book Group will be reading The Children of Men in March 2020.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 09, 2018

The last generation in the world are now adults. Infertile. There is no future for anyone. But one tiny band of revolutionaries may have the key to survival.

Dec 14, 2017

a rather decent film was made from this, starring, among others, Michael Caine.

Jun 12, 2017

It was a fair if shallow piece though I related to the narrator. When you've been through trauma that litcherally steals your face right off your head it can dull your senses to the point where there's nothing left to do but smile. Which is why I'm no longer allowed to sit next to my brother at funerals. Once Dust in the Wind played from a raggedy ghetto blaster so he leaned over his wife to whisper, "You're My Boy Blue." It was the 3rd funeral in a row I inappropriately laughed loud and long. And when Hallelujah comes on do not look at my ex wife/fiancée because she'll be giggling too.

Mar 29, 2016

(This is a review of the movie rather than the book). To me this is clearly a Christmas story about the birth of hope in a world where hope has died. The nativity scene in the "fugee" camp is incredible. I think this movie takes an action movie into a new dimension. I love it.

Apr 18, 2014

British author P.D. James is best known for her mysteries, but her dystopian sci-fi novel is well-worth reading. While I liked the movie, it diverges quite a bit from the book. This is less an action story and more a grim look at a childless future that explores politics, tyranny and religion. You might also like Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale."

jaybarksdale Nov 17, 2012

Still remember this book, at least parts of it: poor crazed women perambulating baby-carriages with dolls inside, how everyone is moving, slowly, to live together, how the clinics discovered the catastrophe first. The opening paragraph, how the youngest person in the world, killed himself, sets you up for a grim read.

Jun 21, 2012

serious reading, save for another time

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