The Children of Men
Told with P. D. James’s trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, The Children of Men is 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, apathe...more
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I went to the library to spice up my life and came across a display inviting me to go on a blind date with a book. Each one was covered in brown wrapping paper with a big red heart. Underneath the heart was a very brief description. The one I picked up said “Receptive and chilling”.
It was fun driving home with a book I knew absolutely nothing about. I couldn’t wait to get it home, pour myself a glass of wine, strip off its cover, and learn its secrets. To my disa...more
Well, the book and the movie are definitely two separate entities. They even have different endings. P.D. James' book lacks the action and excitement of the film version and P.D. James does go on about things like the decor of Theo's house and the political makeup of her futuristic England. And I would have liked the main character Theo to behave a bit more honorably. But I enjoyed the rendering of a world in which the last baby was born 25 years a...more
Don't get me wrong, it's still a remarkably bleak book. It's set in the year 2021 and the last child born to humankind, twenty-five years previously, has just been killed. Somehow every p...more
P.D. James' pessimistic future, a future where humans can no longer give birth to a child, is depicted in an exceptional manner.In sociological terms i really think that the writer has done an exceptional job, she can really convince you what would the future be like in a scenario like that.
The plot is fast, the main character is interesting, however sometimes i found some t...more
P.D. James’ The Children of Men is built around a single question: What would happen if women couldn’t conceive? That’s exactly what’s on the minds of everyone on earth in the year 2021, not least of Theodore Faron, historian and only surviving relative to the despotic Warden of England, Xan Lyppiatt. Sterility has held sway over the human race for 25 years, and outlying towns are falling into disrepair as the population shrinks. Bizarre cul...more
In "The Children Of Men", the reader finds a world where the population has become inexplicably infertile and must deal with the stresses of a dwindling population and the psychological angst that results when many realize what's the point of life if it will come to a screeching...more
On second thought, this is a great book. More than any sci-fi I've read, much of this one sticks with me, which I think is a testament to the clarity of the author's understanding of contemporary civilization (word used broadly).
This is not a great novel, but it has some pretty good ideas about cultures of life versus cultures of death. It's also notable for its overtly, somewhat orthodox Christian elements. It was a bit silly in parts, with the way that everybody is so polite...more
I think the problem is that the character development completely bogs down the plot. When it comes right down to it, the story line isn't very long at all because the descriptions of the main c...more
Even so, it was a good book-- the writing sucks you in. It's a vivid, psychologically dense world-- the middle-aged ladies with dolls in their prams, the deserted...more
Anyone who has seen the film or its trailers knows the premise: in the year 2021, 26 years after the last human was born, England has become the last holdout against the chaos that has engulfed much of the world. Its leader, Xan Lyppiatt, has been in control of England as the last Warden, and he has instituted changes to keep the aging population comfortable as resour...more
P. D. James is the author of twenty books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Department of Great Britain's Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she...more