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The Children of Men by P.D. James
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Apr 04, 08

Read in January, 2008

April 4:

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).

January 29:

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 even though it's the end of civilization, and everyone keeps having these conversations where they try to explain their complex feelings about stuff, even while they're being chased by everything from barbarian tribes to state police. (In fact, even these two groups are irritatingly polite and expressive in the way they go about killing and oppressing.) Anyway, it's not bad for a pretty quick read.
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Ashley I quoted your review on my blog: www.ashleysevier.com


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