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The Children of Men

The Children of Men

Book - 1993
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"The year is 2021, and the human race is - quite literally - coming to an end. Since 1995 no babies have been born, because in that year all males unexpectedly became infertile. Great Britain is ruled by a dictator, and the population is inexorably growing older. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and, incidentally, cousin of the all-powerful Warden of England, watches in growing despair as society gradually crumbles around him, giving way to strange faiths and cruelties: prison camps, mass organized euthanasia, roving bands of thugs. Then, suddenly, Faron is drawn into the plans of an unlikely group of revolutionaries. His passivity is shattered, and the action begins." "The Children of Men will surprise - and enthrall - P. D. James fans. Written with the same rich blend of keen characterization, narrative drive and suspense as her great detective stories, it engages powerfully with new themes: conflicts of loyalty and duty, the corruption of power, redemption through love. Ingenious, original, irresistibly readable, it confirms once again P. D. James's standing as a major novelist."--BOOK JACKET
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1993
ISBN: 9780679418733
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 24 cm


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May 12, 2021

I saw the movie - but would like to read the book. The film is (at least in part) an antidote to Margaret Atwood dystopian "Handmaid's Tale".

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.

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