The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's "1984"

The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's "1984"

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 The author has written a study that places George Orwell's 1984 in a variety of contexts: the author's life and times, the...

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Title:The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's "1984"
Author:Dorian Lynskey
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0385544057
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's "1984" Reviews

  • Tony
    Jul 20, 2019
    Thank you to Net Galley and Mr. Lynskey for the ARC. I didn't read it before it came out because I am a dummy. I feel like Mr. Lynskey just hit the right nerve at the right time. He also dug into my brain and sang a song to me that I wanted to hear. It could be that I think 1984 is the...
  • Chrissie
    Jun 24, 2019
    Decided very quickly this was not a book for me. I did not complete it. Tried it in June 2019. I am not a fan of either dystopian or utopian novels! There is a lot of name dropping of authors and titles that do not interest me. I wanted it to be about Orwell, but it isn't. The super...
  • Hadrian
    Jul 26, 2019
    A study of the book Nineteen Eighty-Four largely through a comparison to other political literature of the time - mostly utopian novels, but also contemporary dystopian fiction like Zamyatin's We and Huxley's Brave New World. While the literary comparisons are interesting, I person...
  • Mat Davies
    Jul 21, 2019
    A biography of a novel may not sound like the most immediate grab you by the lapels option so it?s testament to the quality of @Dorianlynskey?s writing that this book is utterly riveting. A biography in two parts: part one deals with the genesis of the novel, Orwell?s influences ...
  • Kristine
    Jun 04, 2019
    The Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June. 1984 as a standby standard when reality becomes distorted by current events with its terms and phrases entering the common lexicon and people rediscovering its relevance all the time. This b...
  • Christopher
    Jun 26, 2019
    This "biography" is split into two parts. The first is a bio of George Orwell and a history of the times that lead to the creation of Nineteen Eighty-Four. The author is an excellent storyteller and this part was quite engaging. Those interested in world history/intellectual history fr...
  • Susan Paxton
    Jul 04, 2019
    Dorian Lynskey has, I think, produced one of the most perceptive pieces of Orwell scholarship in some time, and frankly I rather hope that he eventually sits down to the task of writing a complete biography as his view of the man and his work is vividly three-dimensional in a way few o...
  • Susan
    Jun 12, 2019
    I love books about books and so this, the biography of George Orwell?s most famous novel, ?1984,? was a must read for me. This is split into two main sections; the first dealing with Orwell?s writing of the novel and the second part looking at the impact of the book. If you ...
  • Belinda Carvalho
    Aug 08, 2019
    I was hovering a bit between 3.5 & 4 when rating this. I first came to reading about George Orwell directly after reading 1984 as a teenager. I liked learned about his life for a school history project and kind of forgot most of it afterwards. It was great to return to the familia...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    May 17, 2019
    The Ministry of Truth The Biography of George Orwell's 1984 by Dorian Lynskey Doubleday Books Doubleday Biographies & Memoirs , Nonfiction (Adult) Pub Date 04 Jun 2019 I am reviewing a copy of The Ministry of Truth through Doubleday and Netgalley: Wh...
  • Katy Noyes
    Jul 27, 2019
    Unexpectedly fascinating 'connect the dots' history of the creation of a masterpiece. This caught me up throughout in its breaking down of Orwell's own history and background, weaving together the threads that would become his magnum opus. In two parts, we see how Orwell's life, ...
  • K De
    Aug 07, 2019
    Dorian Lynskey has written "The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's "1984". It is a cultural exposition on the influences that affected the creation of George Orwell's masterpiece in the first half of the book. The Spanish Civil war was seminal in how Orwell lived throu...
  • Scott
    Jul 18, 2019
    comprehensive insight into both the man and the book ...
  • Hannah
    Aug 12, 2019
    4.5 stars, but rather dry - even as an audiobook. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it more in physical form where I could more readily trace/write down titles of all the books mentioned, or less because then paying attention would be even more taxing. George Orwell had a long an...
  • Jimmy
    Jul 26, 2019
    A thoroughly researched account of: the background to Orwell writing ?Nineteen Eighty-Four?; the writing of the book itself; and the book?s cultural legacy. Lynskey summarises the pre- and post-WWII atmospheres and how they influenced Orwell. He also focuses on his involvemen...
  • Forest Ormes
    Jun 18, 2019
    Dorian Lynskey?s, The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell?s 1984, while covering aspects of George Orwell?s (Eric Blair) life, documents the influences of utopian and dystopian literature upon Orwell in his creation of 1984. Influences include the more obvious, Lookin...
  • Hashim Alsughayer
    Jul 04, 2019
    A powerful take on the world of George Orwell with many historical facts that will give a yhe perfect sense of what Orwell's book did yo the world, and with the addition of both social and political point of views that will explain the reasons for basically each famous reference in 198...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jun 28, 2019
    1984 is huge these days of rising authoritarianism and surveillance states undreamt of in Orwell's work. How does this short novel written by a dying man on the island of Jura in 1948 become such a touchstone for 70 years following its publication? This book documents Orwell's life exp...
  • James
    Jun 30, 2019
    I devoured this wonderful book in two sittings. As a huge lover of Orwell?s novels - particularly Nineteen Eighty-Four - I was thrilled to find it nestled next to Orwell?s books in Barnes & Noble. I swiped it from the shelf, ran to the cash register and put it straight at the t...
  • Nancy
    May 14, 2019
    In January 2017, Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that the crowd gathered to see President Trump take the oath of office was the "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration." When accused of misrepresentation Sanders said her statement was "alternative facts." Over the following fo...
  • Jacques Poitras
    Jul 10, 2019
    I would give this six stars if I could. It's a brilliant history of an idea--Orwell's idea of totalitarianism. I can't recommend it enough: smart and engaging and absolutely essential for any engaged citizen. ...
  • Jeff Francis
    Aug 10, 2019
    3.5/5 George Orwell?s ?1984? is one of my favorite works of literature and, really, just thought in general. I believe it will prove to be a near-immortal work, and its timelessness is undeniable (see: a, ahem, certain event in January 2017 that elevated ?1984??s relevan...
  • Richard Luck
    Jun 07, 2019
    I've a thousand and one things I'd like to say about The Ministry Of Truth. However, for the time being, I'll limit myself to this - if I had written this book, I think I would've died of pride. ...
  • D.B. John
    Aug 12, 2019
    An insightful and highly readable telling of the pre- and after-life the most influential novel ever written. Decades after his death Orwell?s reputation seems to tower ever taller, not only for his prophetic warnings, which, as the author shows, seem to renew their relevance to the ...
  • Joe O'Donnell
    Jun 17, 2019
    Can there be any novelist or journalist from the last century who has proved more enduringly influential than George Orwell? And has any single novel had anywhere the same influence as his dystopian masterpiece, ?Nineteen Eighty-Four?? As Dorian Lynskey writes in ?The Ministry of...
  • Jason Wilson
    Jul 20, 2019
    Fascinating. This sparkling book is both a biography of the writing of 1984 and an analysis of its prescience and effects. There is good stuff on how fighting in the Spanish Civil war destroyed Orwell?s early infatuation with communism , and I loved the account of his prickly relatio...
  • Katie (wife of book)
    Jul 15, 2019
    I don't recall where I heard about this book, but as soon as I heard about it, I had to read it. Luckily, my library had the audio book so I nabbed it! The narrator has a authoritative and deep voice and I think he did a good job of this book. He may have gone a little overboard with s...
  • Ryan Denson
    Jun 08, 2019
    Dorian Lynskey?s The Ministry of Truth brilliantly seeks to uncover what forces shaped the novel 1984, both in terms of Orwell?s personal experiences and larger cultural elements, as well as survey how the novel has remained so popular in the seven decades since its publication. ...
  • Luke Gardiner
    Jul 26, 2019
    Dorian Lynskey has written one of the greatest and most compelling biographies possible in this book, and it is not even about a person! However, the first part, with its emphasis on the life of George Orwell, is a brilliant biography in itself. Lynskey brilliantly brings the man to li...
  • Peter Beck
    Aug 10, 2019
    ?The Ministry of Truth? provides a fascinating if at times all too brief look at one of the most important books ever written. ?1984? made such an impression on me when I read it in 1984 as a teenager that I would later name my daughter after the female protagonist. 70 years af...