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The Children Of Men

by P.d. James

Knopf Canada | July 26, 2005 | Trade Paperback

The Children Of Men is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again. The final generation has turned twenty-five, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity.… And maybe, just maybe, hold the key to survival for the human race.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.99 × 5.2 × 0.57 in

Published: July 26, 2005

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676977693

ISBN - 13: 9780676977691

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dystopian and Haunting “The Children of Men” is a dystopian novel by P. D. James that takes place in 2021 in England. I’ve seen the movie so when my book club decided to read this book I was a little disappointed. I rarely read a book after watching a movie, finding that my mind is already clouded with the film and I like to read something that is “fresh”. I should also mention that this is my first P. D. James book. And well, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Good writing, strong characters, and a plot that caught my attention from page one and didn’t let go until the end. The very idea that man is unable to repopulate the earth I’m sure isn’t a new one, but James is able to present this premise from the very personal point of view of one man, Theo Faron. Some reviews labelled this book as “boring” and “don’t bother to read”, however I liked the long looks into Faron’s past, into those small things that all added up to make him the man he is. There is something about good British literature that makes you think about things that you don’t normally think of. On a last note, I loved some of the descriptions in this book: “At the edge of the pond clumps of sodden rushes lay flattened on the water and in the distance a small black coot scurried in busy agitation and a solitary swan breasted her way majestically among the weeds. The pond was surrounded by trees growing almost to the water’s edge, oak, ash and sycamore, a bright backcloth of green, yellow, gold and russet which seemed in the first light, despite the autumnal shades, to hold some of the freshness and brightness of spring.” Since I’m a mystery/crime junkie, a genre this author is well known for, you can bet I’ll be reading more of James in the very near future.
Date published: 2011-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh, that PD James! PD James is a fabulous writer. This particular book, her one attempt at science fiction is really good...but. The book is interesting, the characters are somewhat mysterious but not unpleasantly so, but I really didn't like the ending. The ending left a lot to be desired, but the book is still worth your time. PD James is a master.
Date published: 2007-02-08

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The Children Of Men

by P.d. James

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.99 × 5.2 × 0.57 in

Published: July 26, 2005

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676977693

ISBN - 13: 9780676977691

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BOOK ONE OMEGA January—March 2021 1 Friday 1 January 2021 Early this morning, 1 January 2021, three minutes after midnight, the last human being to be born on earth was killed in a pub brawl in a suburb of Buenos Aires, aged twenty-five years two months and twelve days. If the first reports are to be believed, Joseph Ricardo died as he had lived. The distinction, if one can call it that, of being the last human whose birth was officially recorded, unrelated as it was to any personal virtue or talent, had always been difficult for him to handle. And now he is dead. The news was given to us here in Britain on the nine o’clock programme of the State Radio Service and I heard it fortuitously. I had settled down to begin this diary of the last half of my life when I noticed the time and thought I might as well catch the headlines to the nine o’clock bulletin. Ricardo’s death was the last item mentioned, and then only briefly, a couple of sentences delivered without emphasis in the newscaster’s carefully non-committal voice. But it seemed to me, hearing it, that it was a small additional justification for beginning the diary today; the first day of a new year and my fiftieth birthday. As a child I had always liked that distinction, despite the inconvenience of having it follow Christmas too quickly so that one present – it never seemed notably superior to the one I would in any case have received – had to do for both celebrations. As I begi
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The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again. The final generation has turned twenty-five, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity.… And maybe, just maybe, hold the key to survival for the human race.

About the Author

P. D. James is the author of 18 books, most of which have been filmed for television. Before her retirement in 1979, she served in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Great Britain’s Home Office, and she has been a magistrate and a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many prizes and honours, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. In 2000 she celebrated her 80th birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest.


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Editorial Reviews

“Extraordinary … daring … frightening in its implications.”
—The New York Times

“She writes like an angel. Every character is closely drawn. Her atmosphere is unerringly, chillingly convincing. And she manages all this without for a moment slowing down the drive and tension of an exciting mystery.”
—The Times (UK)