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O Greene πέρα απ'την πολύ προσεγμένη ανάπτυξη της πλοκής παραδίδει ένα δυνατό ψυχογράφημα κ μιλάει ταυτόχρονα για την ηθική κ το καθήκον, τις ενοχές κ την υπευθυνότητα κ.ο.κ. Hoskins, Robert, 'Greene and Wordsworth: ‘The Ministry of Fear’', South Atlantic Review, vol. 48, no. 4 (November, 1983), pp. 32-42 Ministry of Fear starts in The Thirty-Nine Steps territory, with the amateur hero blundering into an enemy spy plot and being forced on the run, pursued by the conspirators and the police, and so far so good, with his character deepening as we discover how having assisted his wife’s euthanasia has left him guilty and depressed.

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The next day, a man rents a room in Rowe’s house. As an air-raid starts, the man offers Rowe money for the cake, but Rowe refuses. Then he puts poison into Rowe’s tea, but Rowe recognises the smell and doesn’t drink it. A German bomb explodes, and when Rowe regains consciousness, he finds the house demolished and the man unconscious. But it is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, in oneself. For more than a year Rowe had been so imprisoned. There had been no change of cell, no exercise yard, no unfamiliar warder to end the monotony of his solitary confinement. A moment comes when a prison break must be made at whatever the risk.” Written in 1943 – wartime England, it does feel very much of its time and perhaps bound up with the fear and paranoia of that era, somewhat restricted because of that. However, it is of course Graham Green and therefore is still a very good book. There are some great passages, memorable scenes and Arthur Rowe is a strong and interesting central character – perhaps if this was ‘serious’ Graham Greene fiction – Rowe’s character would be explored in much greater depth? (It does in many ways feel as though it ought to be). ‘The Ministry of Fear’ is still a very good book and especially in comparison to many of his literary peers at that time – my reservations spring I think from how it compares to Greene’s greatest works, and that’s where its (comparative) weaknesses become exposed. The major problem is that the spy plot in The Ministry of Fear makes almost no sense at all, relying on coincidences, handwaving and implausibilities. Also, the ‘microfilm of secret plans’ hidden in the cake is a MacGuffin, and the spy plot resolves ridiculously easily.

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The Blitz was a good time to settle scores, an amazing opportunity to get away with murder, as people are being killed every day by bombs dropping from the sky and landmines. Food is scarce, and there are people that will kill for a cake with real eggs, but this cake is of interest to certain parties because of something else besides eggs in the batter. Arthur Rowe has been caught up in something sinister. There are people trying to kill him. Arthur Rowe launches his own investigation. He can’t go to the police because he doesn’t have a clue what to tell them. He hires a detective agency to help him try to discover who is trying to kill him. He meets a girl and her brother, twins, who offer to help him. He is accused of murder, which has the police after him as well as the killers. Rowe’s own past dogs him with every step. Narrowly avoids capture and death (or is captured and escapes) by both the Antagonists and the authorities.

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But actually, he thought as he readjusted the Ministry of Plenty's figures, it was not even forgery. It was merely the substitution of one piece of nonsense for another. Most of the material that you were dealing with had no connection with anything in the real world, not even the kind of connection that is contained in a direct lie. Statistics were just as much a fantasy in their original version as in their rectified version. A great deal of the time you were expected to make them up out of your head. In wartime England during the Blitz, Stephen Neale is released from Lembridge Asylum. While waiting for a train to London, Neale visits a village fête hosted by the Mothers of Free Nations charity. He is urged to go to the palm reader's tent to have his fortune told by Mrs. Bellane, an older woman. He asks her to ignore the past and tell the future, which startles her. She cryptically tells him to enter a contest and guess the weight of a cake as 4 pounds 15½ ounces. Neale does so and wins the cake. Then a young blond man hurries to see Mrs. Bellane. People try to persuade Neale to give the cake to the blond man, but Neale refuses. He put his hands on the dressing-table and held to it; he said to himself over and over again, ‘I must stand up, I must stand up.’ as though there were some healing virtue in simply remaining on his feet while his brain reeled with the horror of returning life.” I felt Ministry of Fear fell a little between two stools. It seemed unsure whether it wanted to be. Was it a literary novel about identity and how guilt and the past make happiness in the present impossible? Or was it a spy thriller? As such, it’s very uneven.Prentice and Neale go to the tailor's shop, and find that Travers is Cost. Travers ostensibly calls a client about a suit - it is actually a coded message. Then, seeing he is trapped, he commits suicide. When Neale dials the number, Carla answers.

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