The last generation in the world are now adults. Infertile. There is no future for anyone. But one tiny band of revolutionaries may have the key to survival.
a rather decent film was made from this, starring, among others, Michael Caine.
It was a fair if shallow piece though I related to the narrator. When you've been through trauma that litcherally steals your face right off your head it can dull your senses to the point where there's nothing left to do but smile. Which is why I'm no longer allowed to sit next to my brother at funerals. Once Dust in the Wind played from a raggedy ghetto blaster so he leaned over his wife to whisper, "You're My Boy Blue." It was the 3rd funeral in a row I inappropriately laughed loud and long. And when Hallelujah comes on do not look at my ex wife/fiancée because she'll be giggling too.
(This is a review of the movie rather than the book). To me this is clearly a Christmas story about the birth of hope in a world where hope has died. The nativity scene in the "fugee" camp is incredible. I think this movie takes an action movie into a new dimension. I love it.
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."
Still remember this book, at least parts of it: poor crazed women perambulating baby-carriages with dolls inside, how everyone is moving, slowly, to live together, how the clinics discovered the catastrophe first. The opening paragraph, how the youngest person in the world, killed himself, sets you up for a grim read.
serious reading, save for another time
Children of Men is a well written book that paints a clear landscape of feeling and emotion. What would the world be like without any children, with mass infertility? P.D. James typically writes murder mysteries, so this book is really different for the author. Having seen the movie I would have called it Science Fiction, but the book doesn't have that technical analysis that is typical of the genre. Generally comparisons between books and related movies are useless and unhelpful. It is especially true with Children of Men. The script for the movie was completely rewritten and bears little resemblance to this book. That turns out to be a good thing as each of the story variations have their own voice and something interesting to say. I can heartily recommend both the book and the movie.
The first half of this book is rather grim, as P.D. James explores what the world would be without children. There is no hope for the future, and cities crumble. Women have their kittens baptized instead of babies. I almost gave up on the book but am glad I didn't. The second half of the book is full of action, as a rebel group begs Theo to join them, for one of their members has been arrested. I enjoyed the book, and the characters stayed with me for days. James always expands my vocabulary: a "pustulous" road.
In The Children of Men, author P.D. James images another future in which birthrates have plummeted. In fact, there hasn?t been a single baby born for nearly twenty years. Children are not the future, and civilization has ground to a halt. War rages, borders are closed, refugees are persecuted, mass suicides are encouraged, desperation is the order of the day. Theo Faron is one man in this barren future, a depressed, ineffectual history professor who happens to be the cousin of the dictator-like Ward of England. Due to his connections, Theo is approached by an underground rebellion called the Fishes, a group that still hopes for a promising future because one of its members?a woman named Julian?is miraculously pregnant. Soon Theo finds himself thrown in with the Fishes as Julian fights to keep her pregnancy secret from the ruthless government. P.D. James is best known for her series of mysteries starring Detective Adam Dalgliesh; The Children of Men and its science fiction tones are a distinct departure for the bestselling writer. But even fans who long for Adam?s return should stick with Theo and Julian?after a slow, deliberate start that chronicles the harsh realities of this futureless future, the drama and the pace pick up, and new issues are brought to light. Fans of books-turned-movies should watch 2006?s Children of Men, starring Clive Owen as Theo, Julianne Moore as Julian and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film takes some interesting liberties with the plot and breaks new ground cinematically, and is a fine companion piece to the novel.
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