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The Children of Men

James, P. D. (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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In 2021, with the human race becoming extinct because of the infertility of all males, Oxford historian Theodore Faron is drawn into the schemes of an unlikely group of revolutionaries out to save society.
Authors: James, P. D.
Title: The children of men
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006, c1992
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
Characteristics: 241 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: P.D. James
Summary: In 2021, with the human race becoming extinct because of the infertility of all males, Oxford historian Theodore Faron is drawn into the schemes of an unlikely group of revolutionaries out to save society.
ISBN: 0307275434
9780307275431
0307279901
9780307279903
Branch Call Number: FICTION JAMES 2006
Subject Headings: End of the world Fiction Infertility, Male Fiction Twenty-first century Fiction History teachers Fiction Oxford (England) Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: End of the world
Infertility, Male
Twenty-first century
History teachers
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In 2021, with the human race becoming extinct because of the infertility of all males, Oxford historian Theodore Faron is drawn into the schemes of an unlikely group of revolutionaries out to save society.

In 2021, with the human race becoming extinct because of the infertility of all males, Oxford historian Theodore Faron is drawn into the schemes of an unlikely group of revolutionaries out to save society.


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Apr 18, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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."

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.

serious reading, save for another time

Jan 19, 2012
  • Jean-Pierre Lebel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Children of Men is a well written book that paints a clear landscape of feeling and emotion. What would the world be like without any children, with mass infertility? P.D. James typically writes murder mysteries, so this book is really different for the author. Having seen the movie I would have called it Science Fiction, but the book doesn't have that technical analysis that is typical of the genre. Generally comparisons between books and related movies are useless and unhelpful. It is especially true with Children of Men. The script for the movie was completely rewritten and bears little resemblance to this book. That turns out to be a good thing as each of the story variations have their own voice and something interesting to say. I can heartily recommend both the book and the movie.

Aug 06, 2011
  • hermlou rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first half of this book is rather grim, as P.D. James explores what the world would be without children. There is no hope for the future, and cities crumble. Women have their kittens baptized instead of babies. I almost gave up on the book but am glad I didn't. The second half of the book is full of action, as a rebel group begs Theo to join them, for one of their members has been arrested. I enjoyed the book, and the characters stayed with me for days. James always expands my vocabulary: a "pustulous" road.

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