The Ministry of Truth

The Biography of George Orwell's 1984

Hardcover

Published Nov. 3, 2019 by Doubleday.

ISBN:
9780385544054

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4 stars (114 reviews)

The author has written a study that places George Orwell's 1984 in a variety of contexts: the author's life and times, the book's precursors in the science fiction genre, and its subsequent place in popular culture. Lynskey delves into how Orwell's harrowing Spanish Civil War experiences shaped his concern with political disinformation by exposing him to the deceptiveness of people he'd once regarded as allies against fascism: the Soviets and their Western apologists.

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Review of 'The Ministry of Truth' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I can't believe how good this book is, seeing as it was written so long ago.

This certainly makes it into my top 10.

It is not often that you read a book and get so involved in it that you start dreaming you are the main character when you sleep. So if you have read this book you'll understand why I haven't been getting much sleep lately.

Some brilliant lines in this book, my fav has gotta be..." If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever"

Review of 'The Ministry of Truth' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Espeluznante. Una obra que no te puede dejar indiferente, y escrita en plena posguerra, tela. Obviamente es ciencia ficci��n, pero es inevitable encontrar paralelismos en muchos de los conceptos, mecanismos y sensaciones. Como esa cultura de la idiotizaci��n, del miedo, de la alienaci��n en su m��ximo grado del pasado y de cualquier cosa que no sea lo que los medios (el poder) te ponen delante del hocico para que tires del carro es en mayor o menor medida nuestro mundo de hoy. Toda una lecci��n porque solo viendo los extremos podemos medir d��nde estamos hoy.

Review of 'The Ministry of Truth' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I read this for a few years back when I was a public school teacher, and I had to teach it. It is definitely an intense book that gives a lot to think about. Now that I look at it, it does seem relevant to these times. However, I probably won't reread it for a while; I had enough of it for now. However, I do recommend it for people who have not read it.

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