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It was a simple incident in the life of James Clavell -- a talk with his young daughter just home from school -- that inspired this chilling tale of what could happen in twenty-five quietly devastating minutes. He writes, "The Children's Story came into being that day. It was then that I really realized how vulnerable my child's mind was -- any mind, for that matter -- under controlled circumstances. Normally I write and rewrite and re-rewrite, but this story came quickly -- almost by itself. Barely three words were changed. It pleases me greatly because I kept asking the questions....
Questions like, What's the use of 'I pledge allegiance' without understanding? Like Why is it so easy to divert thoughts? Like What is freedom? and Why is so hard to explain?
The Children's Story keeps asking me all sorts of questions I cannot answer. Perhaps you can--then your child will...." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
James Clavell, who died in 1994, was a screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Although he wrote the screenplays for a number of acclaimed films, including The Fly (1958), The Great Escape (1963), and To Sir With Love (1967), he is best known for his epic novels in his Asian Saga. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
The Children's Story is the scariest book in print today. Whenever I read it, I feel uneasiness, the book really makes my skin crawl. Every page is more and more chilling. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2002 by Ian K.
"The Children's Story," by James Clavell, is a short book that could be read in one brief sitting. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2002 by Michael J. Mazza
I first read this disturbing little book in 1981, in hardback and before it was given a subtitle, and I promptly bought a dozen copies to send to friends. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001 by mamadillo
This book is truly scary. No horror book will ever match this. Spend an hour with this book and your view about the Pledge of Allegiance may change forever. Read morePublished on July 9 2001 by Brendon Cheves
A fellow teacher recommended I read this book about 10 years ago, and I did - thankfully. It is provocative and compelling. It hit me like a board between the eyes. Read morePublished on July 5 2001 by Deborah C. Shelton
As frightening as authors like Stephen King or as gripping as a political dramitist like Tom Clancy might be, they have never written anything near as good as this gem. Read morePublished on June 18 2001 by Whillice
My 6th grade reading teacher read this to me a few years ago. It really made me think about how a child's mind is like a ball of clay, in that it can be molded so easily in a blink... Read morePublished on April 17 2001 by A Reader
James Clavell, author of SHOGUN, was inspired to write THE CHILDREN'S STORY when his five-year-old daughter expected a dime for reciting the "plege illegience. Read morePublished on April 4 2001 by F. Hamilton