The Children of Men (Paperback)
"Growth of the Soil impresses me as among the very best novels I have ever read. It is wholly beautiful; it is saturated with wisdom and humor and tenderness." -- H.G. Wells
I keep coming back to this book in my mind, even years after first reading it. Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1920, this novel tells the life of a man named Isak and his family in rural Norway. Demonstrating his aversion to modernity, Hamsun's characters' relationship with the land and nature hearkens back to a simpler time. But the human heart is anything but simple.— lana
The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then 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 revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.
Told with P. D. James’s trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children and no future.
About the Author
P. D. James is the author of twenty books, many of which feature her detective hero Adam Dalgliesh and have been televised or filmed. She was the recipient of many honors, including the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature, and in 1991 was created Baroness James of Holland Park. She died in 2014.
"A book of such accelerating tension that the pages seem to turn faster as one moves along." —Chicago Tribune
"As scary and suspenseful as anything in Hitchcock." —The New Yorker
"Extraordinary. . . . Daring. . . . Frightening in its implications." —The New York Times
"Fascinating, suspenseful, and morally provocative. The characterizations are sharply etched and the narrative is compelling."—Chicago Sun-Times
“She writes like an angel. Every character is closely drawn. Her atmosphere is unerringly, chillingly convincing. And she manages all this without for a moment slowing down the drive and tension of an exciting mystery.”
—The Times (UK)