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The Children of Men [Paperback]

P. D. James
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5.0 out of 5 stars She is no mere crime writer. This is a WRITER. April 23 2002
Format:Paperback
This is a great book. P. D. James has clearly displayed that she can suceed at anything she turns her hand to. i even found myself enjoying this novel even more than some of the Dalgliesh books.
There is one word that can describe this book. That word is............Lovely...........mainly because it is. The plot is, perhaps somewhat simple, but that just makes for an easier read. and it does start fairly slowly. But it is lovely. Aside from being a futuristic novel, it is also a very tender lovestory. One of the things that make this book great is the fact that it is a nice old fashioned story. Some of the ideas Ms James had are now, clearly not correct, but could well have been. everything she has written is the product of a very logical mind and, if things had gone differently, none of them are beyond the bounds of our imaginations. Some of the things she writes even seem comical compared to now. Which, whilst probably not intentional, does add flavour to the story. There is also good, adventure, intirgue, action, etc.
Well done, I would reccomend this to one and all as proof of Ms James title as one of the best writer's the world has ever seen. I shall savour every one of her novels, because i only expect there to be two, possibly three, more, because, let's face it people, she won't be around for ever, enjoy her while you can!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children of Men July 15 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is one of those books that makes you think. The first two chapters took me forever to read because after each paragraph, I'd set the book down and just contemplate the premise of this book: what if, suddenly, no more babies were born? Definitely worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very different than the movie July 27 2007
Format:Paperback
I read this book because I read a review that said the movie had missed the point of the book. Not only did it miss the point, it missed the entire story. Aside from the general setting and the catalyst event, it's a completely different. Some of the characters have the same names but often have very different roles or personalities. Though, I don't think the story of the book as is would have made a great movie; there is a lot of philosophical introspection and a lot less action, it makes for a good read. My one criticism would be PD James' lack of research into the generation of her character. The book is written in 1992. The book is set in 2021 and her main character is 50 years old. But it feels as though she has taken someone who is 50 in 1992 and cast them into the future. This especially apparent when the main character recounts his childhood. I'm only seven years younger than him, yet I didn't identify at all. The childhood almost seems like something out of the 50s. In the respect of transposing generations into the future, the movie is far more successful. To be fair, the screen writer did have an extra 15 years of history to work with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Goodish Read, with troubling Questions Dec 4 2005
Format:Paperback
I read this novel on the recommendation of a colleague who teaches it to her grade 9 English class. It is a strange book: somewhat uneven, with an unlikely plot line, and a dissatisfying ending, but the novel is also a chilling, even Orwellian, look at the future when there are no more children being born. I can't help but think that more could be done with the idea of a society slowing dieing out. So many avenues to explore, and several are - and they are chilling and sad. The central character is not all that sympathetic and this detracts somewhat. I think this is well worth a read if even just to get you thinking. I understand a movie is being made of this.
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