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am 23. Februar 1999
This was a real slog to get through. The idea was good enough, but the plot was snail's pace - every scene is described in detail, just a drive up the road takes three pages as we get a detailed description of each tree. For me, none of these descriptions added anything. Many analagies are used - the starlit sky was like a black cloth with pinholes and a bright light behind. I know what a starlit night is like, y'know? In 'Money' Martin Amis says ' the drinks were lined up behind the bar like the manhattan skyline'. Now that's an analgy that adds something. Or Will Self 'as the talk turned to mutual, though absent, friends their stock rose and fell on the Nikkie index of conversation'. That's what I'm talking about!
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am 17. September 2000
A good book if you like to be aware of an author using lots of uncommon words when an ordinary one will do. Good for vocabulary expansion. Story - Ha ha! Don't bother! At one point the book had me turning pages fast and reading with real interest, but that was it! The edition I read had a review on the back "A most tender love story" Where? Characters did not come over well especially towards the end of the book. It did seem good at the beginning as far as the ideas of a story go, but it feels as though the author is fast running out of both ideas and interest by the end. I only read this book because I was bored and there was nothing else to do. That's the only time I would recommend you to pick it up. If your interested, go and get a copy from the library, but save your hard-earned for something else!
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am 10. November 1999
Yes, the first page was good. It was crisp with a fresh idea. In fact, I remember the physical page being quite light when I turned it, though at the time I didn't realize how unique this experience would be. The rest of the pages were weighed down in the armor of needless, roll-your-eyes descriptions of minute articles to the left or to the right or above or below (this is a simulation) of the actual plot. Oh yes, the plot. I found myself scratching my head more than once thinking "Now, would ANYONE ever do that?" I found the characters cold and unbelievable. I found the constant departures from the original idea irritating. I was very disappointed with this book (I can't believe I got through it).
But the first page was good.
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am 18. März 2013
P. D. James hat einen Roman geschrieben, der auf einer ungewöhnlichen und sehr gut ausgearbeiteten Apokalypse-Idee beruht. Das Ende der Menschheit wird mit all seinen Auswirkungen und Kuriositäten, die man sich so vorstellen kann, beschrieben.
Die Geschichte an sich ist zwar solide, ich finde aber, dass die Handlung im Gegensatz zu der spannenden Situation eher langatmig wirkt. Den großen Schwachpunkt empfinde ich bei den Figuren: es wird viel Zeit auf die Charakterisierung verwendet, jedoch blieben mir die Figuren allesamt sehr fern und wirkten hölzern.
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am 17. März 2002
The idea is at the same time simple, gruesome and thought-provoking: What would happen if, over night, and for no obvious reason, women all over the world stopped becoming pregnant? What would happen if, over the years, that situation turned out to be irrevocable? What influence would universal infertility have on people's minds and attitudes, on their behaviour, on politics? How would public order be maintained? How would society cope with an ever-ageing and dwindling world population? Would there be any hope left?
This is the situation depicted in P D James's novel THE CHILDREN OF MEN. James, mainly known for her crime novels, has written a Utopian -- or rather Dystopian -- novel which, as melodramatic as the plot may be, meets all the demands of the genre: The author has thought about practically all the consequences of such an outrageous turn of events and cleverly devised a story which is a well-balanced mixture between a general description of a Britain populated by a dwindling and ageing nation and a thrilling plot revolving around a small group of people who cannot, and do not want to, fit in with the disillusioned and apathetic masses.
A piece of advice to all those students out there who HAVE TO read Utopian novels: THE CHILDREN OF MEN is just as good as, if not better than, George Orwell's NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR or Ira Levin's THIS PERFECT DAY. Get hold of a copy and read it; you won't regret the experience.
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am 28. März 1999
I read the book just a little over a year ago after hearing an interview with James on the Mars Hill Tapes. I think a couple of things should be kept in mind when reading this book. First of all, I didn't find it slow starting at all (I have no way to compare it to her other works, not having read any other of them.), but rather found it to be quick-paced and very intense. Secondly, there is a lot here for one to pick up on if you simply look past the sometimes over-indulgent descriptions. What might society become in the absence of a hope for the future? What sort of ways would society react as it faces certain extinction? James' story gives us a glimpse. Strange rituals, psychotic groupthink, totalitarianism. How would we react to the good news that our crisis is over with the birth of just one child? What would the road back look like? The suspense in the book would make a good Clancy-like movie. There's more than meets the eye in this very insightful, thought-provoking story. "Take up and read!"
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am 17. Juni 1999
This book stars a character who reminded me a little of Hesse's "Steppenwolf", living in a post-apocalyptic world in which infertility is universal. People are going mad, realizing their human history will not carry on, and total anarchy reigns in many regions. Much of the real story is about when our hero discovers a woman who has miraculously borne a child and must fight to protect her from the government. Very diverting.
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am 3. Oktober 1999
P.D. James makes the imminent extinction of humanity seem very real indeed. Her absolute confidence in the premise carries her through. Spooky, nightmarish, and very satisfying. Highly recommended.
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am 18. Oktober 1999
In The Children of Men, P. D. James' prose is ordinary at it's best. His undistinguishable style would be palatable if that was as bad as it got. Unfortunatley for the riveting plotline, the words that carry it often resemble a sloppy mire. Unfortunately too, poor editing in the edition I read detracted from the clever plot. In short the experience of reading P. D. James' The Children of Men was similar to reading a high schoolers first draft of a novella. Great plot, dingy delivery.
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am 31. Januar 2005
I've only read the first 6 chapters and I'm wishing I hadn't. If P.D. James could have made this book any more depressing, I don't know how. I'm considering leaving it on the train, but reading it is a bit like rubbernecking at a car wreck. You'll be sorry you saw it, but you can't help looking. Actually, this book is not as interesting as a car accident. According to the other readers, it won't get better either. I'm definitely dumping it.
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