Friday, December 14, 2012

Book Beginnings: The Children of Men

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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Early this morning, 1 January 2021, three minutes after midnight, the last human being to be born on earth was killed in a pub brawl in a suburb of Buenos Aires, aged twenty-five years, two months and twelve days.

-- The Children of Men by P. D. James.

I put off reading this because I thought it would be too sci-fi for me. It isn't. It is alternate history or dystopian, but not really sci-fi. It is terrific! It is about England in 2021, 25 years after the entire human race became infertile and the last babies in the world were born.


  1. Ohhh this sounds like one my husband would love - thanks for the tip off :-)

  2. It's been fun. I'm trying to keep on track every Friday. Thanks for hosting.

  3. I'm not sure this would be my type of read, but it might be something my husband would read...will have to tell him about it.

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  4. ...was this the book, the movie was based on? The one with Clive Owen?

  5. I really want to read this one! I loved the movie....

  6. This is a great book. Unfortunately I saw the movie first, which I enjoyed, but it was so different from the book.

  7. Don't know if I want to read that. It sounds depressing.

  8. I am very interested in seeing how you like this when you are done. I had planned to read it but thought it would be too depressing.

  9. That actually sounds kind of interesting! I may have to check it out!

  10. It's been quite a while since I read this one. For me it was okay...but I think that had more to do with my expectations. I was in my full-blown SF phase then and I wanted it to be more Sci Fi.

  11. What a beginning!! It certainly draws you in!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Shirley @ My Bookshelf


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