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The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)



By: Graham Greene(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (5 July 2001)

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The original title of the book: The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)

For Arthur Rowe the charity fête was a trip back to childhood, to innocence, a welcome chance to escape the terror of the Blitz, to forget twenty years of his past and a murder. Then he guesses the weight of the cake, and from that moment on he's a hunted man, the target of shadowy killers, on the run and struggling to remember and to find the truth.

"Opening a new book by Graham Greene is like settling into a gran turismo car. Nothing will go wrong" (Sunday Times)"One of the finest writers of any language" (Washington Post)"Greene was a force beyond his books" (Melvyn Bragg)"The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists" (The Times)"No serious writer of this century has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than did Graham Greene" (The Times)

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  • By G. A. H. Davey on 17 May 2017

    Good to find a copy of this . Print rather small .

  • By arn on 29 May 2017

    great writer great story

  • By mairin on 22 March 2017

    TYPICAL GREENE - loved it

  • By Alfred J. Kwak on 25 May 2017

    This 1943 novel is subtitled ‘an entertainment’, Greene’s term for lighter works he produced, but is it really ‘light’? It starts out as a very literal interpretation of the English saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it”. Arthur Rowe wins a cake at a fundraising event after consulting its fortune teller. Its organisers are reluctant to let him have it, but Arthur takes it home. Next day, a man arrives at his lodging house and insinuates himself into eating slice after crumbling slice of said cake. Then a German bomb strikes the house. [After all, the novel is situated in London during the Blitz.] Arthur used to be a journalist. He has been tried for mercy-killing his terminally-ill wife and was sent (briefly) to a psychiatric institution and is now unemployable. Neither the armed forces nor civil defence want him in its ranks. He had few possessions, just his clothes and two books he loved when young and reread again and again, but he is financially secure. He is convinced his visitor on the fateful night tried to poison him and is keen on finding out why. Did the cake he was not meant to win, contain something he must not find? Graham Greene did his bit for the country by e.g. concocting this counter-espionage novel, co-starring an ‘Austrian refugee’ brother and sister surnamed Hilfe (‘help’, ‘aid’, ‘assistance’) running a well-connected humanitarian agency with plenty of volunteers. Greene pictures plenty of wartime poverty, stoicism and sacrifice on behalf of the home nation. And portrays (even) blundering Arthur, stunned, burdened and confused by his life’s losses, as useful in the war effort! Was made into a ‘noir’ war movie in 1944. And Graham Greene stayed true to himself, creating complex Arthur, forever musing about goodness and guilt.

  • By "Belgo Geordie" on 7 September 2013

    This was a very good read. On the train an hour each morning on the way to work. Although born ten years after the conclusion of the Second World War, I can still remember England post war before the recovering sixties and Mr Greene captures the atmosphere of this very well. Austerity, the claustrophobic society where people conform because of the risk of shame; rather than stand out, or heaven forbid-appear "foreign". This is one of Graham Greene's more satisfying stories. Part whodunit, spy and crime novel. But what works for me is the sense of time and place. Reading this, I could imagine London under war and Blitz conditions and the characters remained credible and added to the story/plot and settings. I was absorbed and felt dusty and grimy sitting on the train. Recommended.

  • By David Cook on 7 June 2004

    "There was something about a fete which drew Arthur Rowe irresistibly....." It's now over ten years since I first read this book, but something about it haunts my memory, making me read and re-read it over and over again. Perhaps it is the dream like quality of Greene's prose, or the way he brings blitz torn London to life, or perhaps simply his portrayal of his protagonist, Arthur Rowe, an innocent lost and alone in a guilty world.One of Greene's more obscure novels, well worth reading and, together with 'Brighton Rock', an ideal introduction to this writer's world.

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