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The Children of Men by P. D. James
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The Children of Men (1992)

by P.D. James

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The most important thing to keep in mind while reading this book is that it is Not The Movie. They have pretty much nothing in common except for a basic premise.

The premise is good, the characters and world-building are decent, but the narrator is annoying. The diary technique appears to have been done for no reason whatsoever. ( )
  lavaturtle | Dec 31, 2014 |
I was fascinated by the premise of this book(a future in which the human race is infertile and not children are being born anymore), and the way the implications of this are played out across society. But I didn't really care for the characters, especially the cold, stuffy Theo, and the two-timing Julian who finally manages to get herself up the duff, thus heralding the salvation of the human race. Somehow. There are a couple of two-dimensional baddies, Rolf the cuckolded husband, and Xan self-styled "Warden of England" who just happens to be Theo's cousin and childhood friend. P.D. James drags her characters at great speed through a number of plot holes while coincidences fall fast and furiously around their ears. I watched the film trailers and think it is probably a far stronger story in its big-screen incarnation.

But the novel did get me thinking: would it be bad news for the planet at all if the human race disappeared? A good book to read after this is Alan Weisman's The World Without Us. ( )
  bibliobibuli | Dec 29, 2014 |
  jll1976 | Nov 13, 2014 |
Didn't hold up well on the second reading. ( )
  AuntieClio | Nov 5, 2014 |
James should stick to mystery. The concept of the book was brilliant, but she just didn't do it justice. I kept expecting much more. ( )
1 vote AliceAnna | Oct 18, 2014 |
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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, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.
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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, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.

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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.

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