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Review of “Children of Men” by P.D. James

For a change of pace I would like to open with a quote, “If from infancy you treat children as gods are they liable in adulthood to act as devils.” There is a period at the end of that quote from Children of Men by P.D. James, by the way, and in an attempt at a close reading, I believe the lack of a question mark to be important. It turns the question into a statement, the “if” at the beginning, would force the reader to assume a question, but instead the sentence ends with a period which makes an implication of an assumed “then” in the quoted statement. If you have any familiarity with programming, then you should be pretty familiar with this format. If something, then something. It is an absolute. If the first half of the statement is true, and you, of course, had the gall to ask it, then the second part of the statement is going to run, it is going to happen. Now I know, usually I include a spoiler warning in here somewhere before I get too heavy, so if you are one to heed those, you better do so now, read the book, it is good, read the book, or even watch the movie if you are so inclined. Last warning. Continue reading Review of “Children of Men” by P.D. James