07 February 2017

Reading Challenge - Book Four

I've finished my fourth book in the 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge. For the 26th category on the list, I read 'a book by an author from a country you've never visited.' Luckily for me in this case, I haven't visited very many countries. PD James (Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park), was born and much later died in the United Kingdom. I assume she lived there during all the time in between.

I chose to read The Children of Men by PD James due to my recent hankering for dystopian fiction. I saw the movie years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter (by the way, TERRIBLE movie for a pregnant woman). Hubby and I watched the movie again last week so I could compare it to the book. TOTALLY different.

Anyway, back to the book. The narrator of the book was a cousin to the 'Warden' of England, who was now in charge. The whole story takes place 25 years after the last child was born in the world. A lot of the story is influenced by the politics of the era, and how a new baby could be a political tool. The movie focused more on the fact of a baby, but not as much on the political repercussions. I did enjoy the book more than the movie, but I think a lot of what was 'missing' from the movie would have been very difficult to portray, especially since the movie already ran almost two full hours.

I would recommend this book if you enjoy dystopian fiction. I'm glad I'd forgotten the movie (from the first time I saw it) by the time I read the book. The book is definitely a fuller experience than the movie.


Jenn said...

Interesting book. I've heard of the book but haven't read it. I might give the book a try. Well, I might add it to my growing huge pile.

Suburbia Mom said...

I think it is wonderful that you are picking up a book and reading it. I need to make time for a good book. One that takes my imagination to a new level.

DetroitDuchess said...

Interesting choice. I do like a good dystopian fiction novel. I haven't head about the PopSugar Reading Challenge; I'll have to check it out!

Mom Among Chaos said...

Sounds interesting. I've been terrible lately about following through with my reading.

Ron Leyba said...

Never heard of this book title before but it;s really interesting. Will check it out and see if I can read it too!