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I am glad to be able to have read this book.,
This review is from: Childhood's End (Paperback)
I'd heard about this book while trawling the Internet a few times, but had never actually got around to buying it. I'm not a great fan of Arthur C. Clarke to be frank - although I have read the 20xx and Rama books and greatly enjoyed those.
Childhood's end is quite short and I'd describe the writing style as both simple and a little outdated. Perfectly reasonable when you understand it was written many years ago - a revamped beginning helps it along though. You don't really get time to build up a relationship with any of the main protaganists to be honest... they're almost always on the periphery as the story is, in reality, much bigger than any one person can ever be.
The ideas are grand as you'd expect... here we can see a potential end (or beginning) to Humankind both sad and awe-inspiring at the same time but, nevertheless, truly alien - it's the end for what we would all feel comfortable describing as a Human. The concept of an enforcement, shepherd race is almost reassuring in one way and, then again, despairing (if not at least for them!) and the idea in here of a genetic memory is probably the earliest I'd personally place it in any work of fiction.
Considering this is touted as a classic, it should be on most people's To-Read list I would suggest. It was on mine and now I have bought it and read it I am pleased I did so... it's not a book that you'd ever really need to go back to though - read it once and file it away somewhere.