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

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The Children of Men

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. Euthanasia, nihilism and despair have become commonplace. People dress up dogs and cats as babies and push them around in strollers. People are bereft of hope.

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.

Julian and her unlikely band of spiritual revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and hold the key to survival for the human race.

P.D. James

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?” or “What’s so wrong with suicide?” this is a book you won’t be able to put down. The film version eliminates the Christian elements and replaces them with merely political ones, so read the book first.

Anna Keating