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TCC Reads: The Children of Men by P.D. James

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P.D. James

Looking for a great summer read? We recommend The Children of Men by P.D. James. In this novel, the human race had suddenly become infertile, and civilization is crumbling. Suicide and despair have become commonplace. People dress up dogs and cats as babies and push them around in strollers. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing, until 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 spiritual revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race. P.D. James, who is Anglican, described her novel as “a Christian fable.” In a world in which people often ask, “Why have children at all?” this is a book you won’t be able to put down. (The film version eliminates the Christian elements and replaces them with political ones. Read the book first.)