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The Children of Men

Written By:P. D. James - 1992

  • The Children of Men  - P. D. James cover

Synopsis

Imagine 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 the 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.

Blurb

National Bestseller

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

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

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

"James is a master of character and contributing incident, her novel form to last is exceedingly well-wrought. Its primary pleasures are those of craft: a deft interleafing of lives, the reflective interaction of first-person and omniscient point of view, the sure voice of pace, and seamless narrative." —Los Angeles Times

"Graceful... Poetic... A riveting tale." —Boston Herald

"Everyone should read this book." —Associated Press

"Her view is Olympian... Always she explores character, the complexities of motive, and thought and emotion; and always she wonders about the nature of humankind in general—this baffling admixture of good and evil, faith and failure, love and a murderous self-sufficiency." —The New York Times Book Review

"Taut, terrifying, and ultimately convincing." —Daily Mail (London)

"An intriguing, multi-layered work... A worthwhile excursion." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Extraordinary... Striking out alone across the blank landscape of the future, she takes no icons from the past—only skill and an adventuresome spirit, as well as a scene of what matters in the long run. It is to everyone's benefit—hers, ours, probably homo sapiens'—that these tools turn out to be sufficient." —The Boston Globe

"This novel has the potential to become a classic." —The Christian Science Monitor

"Subtle, finely argued." —London Review of Books

"A vivid cast... James evokes strong feelings about the choices people make when life deprives them of hope in a future." —Glamour

"Unsettling images, a brooding sense of evil... Ms. James is one of those rare writers who is read as much for her descriptive passages as she is for her plots." —The New York Observer

"James keenly observes the unraveling of humankind." —People

"Her old strengths and vividness of characterizations and mastery of storytelling propel the reader through her narrative with irresistible force." —The Sunday Telegraph (London)

Catastrophe:

ecological

Type:

futuristic