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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  543 ratings  ·  44 reviews
The Guardians, John Christopher
عنوان: نگهبانان؛ نویسنده: جان کریستوفر؛ مترجم: حسین ابراهیمی (الوند)؛ تهران، کانون پرورش فکری کودکان و نوجوانان، 1374؛ در 196 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1375؛ شابک: 9644324102؛ موضوع: داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندکان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
Paperback, چاپ سوم, 196 pages
Published 1996 by تهران، کانون پرورش فکری کودکان و نوجوانان، 1375 (first published 1970)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Guardians, John Christopher
The Guardians is a young-adult science fiction novel written by John Christopher and published by Hamilton in 1970. Set in the year 2052, it depicts an authoritarian England divided into two distinct societies: the modern, overpopulated "Conurbs" and the aristocratic, rarefied "County". Crowded city districts and all-pervasive technology make up the Conurbs while manors and rolling countrysides typical of 19th-century England make up the County. The story follows a
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Jan-Maat
John Christopher was a prodigious writer of children's books so much so that he used a handful of nom de plume just to disguise quite how many books he was churning out. His best known work might be the tripods trilogy, they all tend to be science-fictiony or fantastical adventures featuring children (ie boys) as the protagonists.

This one, as it's title with echoes of Plato suggests, is a subtle dystopia set in a semi-futuristic or fairly contemporary Britain which we explore from the point of v
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Redfox5
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, whoever gave the go ahead for this cover at New Windmill, should be fired. This is a children's book and nothing about the cover is inviting to a child or an adult. I also think it looks very misleading as The Guardians on the cover look like vampires. There no vampires in this book.

What you do have in this story is a dystopian England, spilt into the conurbs and the county. I spent most of the time I was reading this trying to figure out what camp my home would be in, I'm in the middl
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Mark
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yes! good, good story.... this went from around 3 stars to 4 by 80%through, then an easy 5 from me by story's end, which is why we all should read books all the way through before rating them, really.

It held my interest throughout, but just when I was beginning to think it was a little no-so-interesting, it became very and quick! This renewed my new found love of fiction based in the future.
Tim Trewartha
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another tight piece of dystopic YA fiction from the author of the Tripods trilogy. A damning critique on the English class system, power and control. Still relevant today.
Myriam Schärz
I remember liking it a lot but will have to read it again soon. Was part of my English literature 25 years ago... together with Brave New World and 1984...
Douglas
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in grade 5 (6?) I assumed that "conurbation" was a made-up word. It wasn't until last year that I saw the word again & this book came rushing back ;)
Elissa
I really enjoyed this; actually, didn't want it to end!
Kevin
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. One of those books I know I read, but remember nothing about other than that it was in my "read everything I can get my hands on by John Christopher" phase.
Hans
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up The Guardians when I picked up copies of the Tripod series at the Oakland White Elephant sale...and it was time to clear this one from my shelf.

Set 80 years in the future (2050s) from when the book was written (1970s). Primarily a class-based utopian dystopia. The parts that I enjoyed most were the asides about books:

"'Books.' She shook her head. 'What do you want with them, anyway? Well I suppose it takes all sorts....'"

"'Library book,' the master said. He prodded one contemptuously.
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Ben
John Christopher was the master of British teenage science fiction in the 60s, 70s and 80s. His short, easy-to-read novels were studied in schools and adapted for TV. He created fantastic adventure stories in which, typically, a teenage-boy protagonist fights against a repressive system or is a survivor in a post-apocalyptic world.

The Guardians (1970) shares its themes of conditioning and the value of free will with Christopher's Tripods sequence, but in The Guardians there are no aliens. Humani
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Mathew
I think this is the first Christopher book I have read. Written in 1973, it can certainly be said to have been influenced by Orwell's 1984 and, undoubtebly, has influenced those modern YA science fiction novels that explore class and segregation. Christopher has always been a science-fiction fan since his teens, and although he would begin his career writing for adults, he was lured by Hamish Hamilton to try and write a book for children instead.
Although some of the ideologies are dated (especi
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Bev
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this in school in year 9, but then I moved before we finished and I never got to find out what happened. It's only now, through the power of a search based on my vague recollections, that I've managed to work out which book it was!

I remember being fascinated by this book when we were reading it in school, and it still was pretty fascinating. But the ending... HOW does it just end there? I wonder if the author intended to write a sequel but never got around to it? I can't believ
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Ian Banks
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a slow-moving story until you realise that there has been nothing but plot and character all the way through. It's a great story featuring a resourceful but quite timid protagonist who must choose between the world he was born into, the world he has escaped to and the possibility of a much better world that he can help to bring about. It's very subtly told, with great characters and a believable - and quite familiar - future setting. Christopher was terrific at characters and painting a ...more
Kerry
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taught this to Year 8s when I first started teaching. It used to work very well. An early example of the dystopian genre that has become so popular in recent young adult fiction. It worked well as a teaching book. Classic authoritarian world.
MA Soleimani
Aug 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
به شدت بچگانه، اصلا توصیه نمی کنم. ترجمه اش هم واقعا بد است.
Myth Liberated
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
مثل تمام داستانهای که از این نویسنده خوندم عالی بود
John Moore
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the book that got me into dystopian fiction. I still consider it a great one and the storyline is fantastic.
Duncan Smith
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as a kid, and as an adult. Five stars from me.
Sugarrr
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Open ended book felt like reading the first of a trilogy.... Not a satisfying read.
Steve Groves
Quick read at the block. Pity there wasn't a sequel as it would be interesting to see how the story developed.
Irene McHugh
While I was searching for a book published in the year I was born, I came across this title: The Guardians by John Christopher. I immediately got a little giddy. I remember Mrs. Snellback in the sixth grade recommending The White Mountains to me. A book set in the future where the human population is controlled by these weird Tripod machines. She got me hooked not just on this series, but science-fiction in general.

I read the entire trilogy and years later when John Christopher wrote When the T
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Mitchell
John Christopher – author of the Tripods trilogy and The Death of Grass – died back in February, and I didn’t even find out until a few weeks ago, which bummed me out. So I ordered a few of his books off the Internet, ones which I’ve never read, because I like indulging in a bit of nostalgic young adult fiction (a genre which can be nostalgic even when you’ve never read the book in question) and I’m sure a writer who could put out a classic like the Tripods trilogy must have a good backlog.

The G
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Gale
THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IN FUTURISTIC ENGLAND

The year is 2053 in England, a nation where people live either in the Conurb or the County. The psychological chasm that exits between the two lifestyles is vast, although there are those Commuters who straddle both worlds. Rob Randall is a boy raised in the Conurb--a sprawling, densely-packed megalopolis, whose masses are entertained with controlled riots and bloody sports events. But propaganda has made him scorn life in the County, where the Gentry (
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sabisteb aka callisto
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopic
Rob lebt in der Konurba, einemriesigen Städteverbund. Lesen ist ein exotisches Hobby alle schaun Holovision. Die Massen werden mit Spielen und Karnevall bei Laune gehalten und die Agression in Kontrollierte Gewaltausbrüche nach Spielen kanalisiert. Rob ist zufrieden mit seinem Leben bis sein Vater stirbt. Er kommt in ein staatliches Internat in welchem er von den Mitschülern und Aufpassern gequält und drangsaliert wird. Schon bald bemerkt er, dass er anders ist. Statt sich in der Masse sicher un ...more
Nici
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
I've been a huge John Christopher fan ever since I first watched "The Tripods" more than 23 years ago. I was still a child and scared by the Tripods, but also fascinated by the plot, the characters and this whole universe Christopher created.

For a while (especially, after the series ended after only 2 parts - out of 3) I focused on something else, but a few years back my parents made me the best birthday present ever by getting me the dvds.
I started re-watching the show and the hype was back. I
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/907874.html[return][return]Rather an interesting book. The narrator, Rob Randall, is brought up in the Conurb, the massive urban settlement in the future south-eastern England; he flees a grim boarding school to the County, the rural area where the rich people live, and manages to get adopted by a gentry family. But some among the younger generation believe that the system is rotten and must be smashed.[return][return]It must be twenty years since I read any of Christo ...more
MisterFweem
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this one as a kid and enjoyed the subtlety, though at the time I'm sure I didn't know what subtlety meant. This is dystopia seen through the eyes of a kid, who can't see past first of all getting out of a bad situation into a better one to really see that the better one is just better in some ways, not all, and that the new situation may in fact be a lot crappier than the one he left. Christopher is a master of seeing things through the eyes of his protagonists, and letting the reader see t ...more
Rebecca
Perfectly fine YA novel exploring a possible future for England, just not as good as some of the others by the great John Christopher. I enjoyed both as a teen and when revisiting as an adult. The ending works, but seems like there was an opening for a sequel that was never published. That is a shame because the set up for the sequel was quite strong. This book is often out of print and hard to find, but worth seeking for fans of this author.
Ozymandias
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, I read in my childhood. And now after about 10 years I still find it amazing. It is not like the tripod trilogy, It is very well-composed, strong narration. The world it depicts is even darker, and everyone identifies with the hero and yet the novel doesn't end pessimistically. There is still hope, maybe little but we keep fighting, we the rebellions, we the untamed ones. we don't want to be rules and be silent like a sheep at the altar.
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