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The year is 2021, and the human race is — quite literally — coming to an end. Since 1995 no babies have been born, because in that year all males unexpectedly became infertile. Great Britain is ruled by a dictator, and the population is inexorably growing older. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and, incidentally, cousin of the all-powerful Warden of England, watches in growing despair as society gradually crumbles around him, giving way to strange faiths and cruelties: prison camps, mass organized euthanasia, roving bands of thugs. Then, suddenly, Faron is drawn into the plans of an unlikely group of revolutionaries. His passivity is shattered, and the action begins.

The Children of Men will surprise — and enthrall — P. D. James fans. Written with the same rich blend of keen characterization, narrative drive and suspense as her great detective stories, it engages powerfully with new themes: conflicts of loyalty and duty, the corruption of power, redemption through love. Ingenious, original, irresistibly readable, it confirms once again P. D. James's standing as a major novelist.

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"Fascinating, suspenseful, and morally provocative. The characterizations are sharply etched and the narrative is compelling." Chicago Sun-Times

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"Extraordinary....Daring....Frightening in its implications." New York Times

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"In this convincingly detailed world...James concretely explores an unthinkable prospect. Readers should persevere through the slow start, for the rewards of this story, including its reminder of the transforming power of hope, are many and lasting." Publishers Weekly

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"A book of such accelerating tension that the pages seem to turn faster as one moves along." Chicago Tribune

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"As scary and suspenseful as anything in Hitchcock." New Yorker

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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.

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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lukas, April 18, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
British author P.D. James is best known for her mysteries, but her dystopian sci-fi novel is well-worth reading. While I liked the movie, it diverges quite a bit from the book. This is less an action story and more a grim look at a childless future that explores politics, tyranny and religion. You might also like Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307279903
Author:
James, P D
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
James, P.D.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20061205
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 x .58 in .3875 lb

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307279903 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Fascinating, suspenseful, and morally provocative. The characterizations are sharply etched and the narrative is compelling."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary....Daring....Frightening in its implications."
"Review" by , "In this convincingly detailed world...James concretely explores an unthinkable prospect. Readers should persevere through the slow start, for the rewards of this story, including its reminder of the transforming power of hope, are many and lasting."
"Review" by , "A book of such accelerating tension that the pages seem to turn faster as one moves along."
"Review" by , "As scary and suspenseful as anything in Hitchcock."
"Synopsis" by , 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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