The Ministry of Fear

The Ministry of Fear

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For Arthur Rowe the trip to the charity fete was a joyful step back into adolescence, a chance to forget the nightmare of the Blitz and the aching guilt of having mercifully murdered his sick wife. He was surviving alone, aside from the war, until he happened to win a cake at the fete. From that moment, he finds himself ruthlessley hunted, the quarry of malign and shadowy forces, from which he endeavors to escape though his mind remains obstinately out of focus.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2005
ISBN: 9780143039112
0143039113
Characteristics: xiv, 201 pages ; 20 cm

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Tyler__J Jun 11, 2015

Suspenseful, dark and thought provoking. I imagine it will appeal less to fans of pure political thrillers than to those prefer the drama of internal conflict. The mechanics of the plot seem a bit far-fetched, but given the surreal feel of the book it all somehow works.

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Blue_Ox_22 Mar 24, 2012

He couldn‘t tell what responsibility might descend on l him when his memory returned. Life is broken as a rule to every man gently; duties accumulate so slowly that we hardly know they are there. Even a happy marriage is a thing of slow growth; love helps to make imperceptible the imprisonment of a man, but in a moment, by order, would it be possible to love a stranger who entered bearing twenty years of emotional claims? Now, with no memories nearer than his boyhood, he was entirely free. It wasn’t that he feared to face himself; he knew what he was and he believed he knew the kind of man the boy he remembered would have become. It wasn’t failure he feared nearly so much as the enormous tasks that success might confront him with. (p. 114)

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