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The guardians by john christopher





The author: - he was born as Samuel Youd in 1922 in Lancashire

- after the war he started writing short stories

- his first successful adult novel The Death of Grass was filmed in

the 60s

- his first book for younger readers, The White Mountains,

appeared in 1967

- John Christopher is especially known as a writer of children's

science fiction books

- he won with The Guardians the Guardian Award for children's

literature

- Samuel Youd now lives in Rye, Sussex/South England



The places: The Country is separated by the Barrier into the

Conurb: a concentration of cities where the underclass live and

the County: the country England for the overclass



The main characters:

Robin Randall: he's 14 years old and lives in the Conurb until his father died

Mike Gifford: he's 14 years old too and lives in the County



The other characters:

Jack Randall: Rob's father and a revolutionary, works as an electrician

Mr. Keannealy: a friend of Rob's father and a revolutionary too

Cecily, Mr. and Mrs Gifford: Mike's family

Sir Percy Gregory: Governor of the County and one of the Guardians

Daniel and Roger Penfold: members of the revolution organization



Guardians: control the manipulated mankind and fight against riots



The plot: - Rob's parents are dead, first he lived with his parents but he had to go to a

boarding School

- he escapes in direction to the County to find out were his mother lived in former

times

- He meets Mike there and his parents admit Rob

- He finds out that the people get manipulated by the Guardians

- A few inhabitants, Mike and school friends of Rob want to start a riot against the

Guardians but it fails

- The revolutionaries are searched. They are to undergo a brain washing

- Mike visits Rob at night and escapes into the Conurb

- Rob is brought to Old Hall to Sir Percy Gregory and he has to say what he knows

about Mike and the other revolutionaries

- Rob goes back to the Conurb to Mike to fight against the Guardians just like his

father did



Topics: - It's a vision of the future with oppressing parallels to the present

 
 




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