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The Children of Men
The Children of Men
Author: P. D. James
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 Englan...  more
ISBN-13: 9780307275431
ISBN-10: 0307275434
Publication Date: 5/16/2006
Pages: 256
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Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Children of Men takes place 20 odd years after the entire human population has become infertile. This novel has a very post-apocalyptic feel to it. Every country except England is wrecked with anarchy. England is holding it together under the totalitarian regime of the Warden. In many ways, this is an England not unlike that portrayed in Alan Moore's graphic novels "V is for Vendetta."

The story is partially told through the journals of Theo, a middle age curmudgeon who happens to be the Warden's only living relative, and partly through an all-knowing third person narrator. I enjoyed this style because while it makes you privy to Theo's most intimate thoughts, it was also refreshing to get out side of his self-involved head.

The book and the movie only share the most basic plot structure. In both, the world's population is infertile, a zealot leads England's government, and one man, Theo, needs to help a pregnant woman to safety. The movie is more action packed and several characters are changed or condensed. When reading the novel, the reader gets to know Theo better and understand the malaise that takes over when there is no forseeable future. The endings of both vary greatly.

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If you saw the film don't let it keep you from this terrific book. The plot revolves around the proposition that the world would be a very different place if mankind lost the ability to have children. James explores some of the changes she thinks would occur. This is a rich complex novel that starts slow but becomes increasingly enjoyable culminating in a satisfying believable conclusion.

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