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Something is rotten in the Ministry of Mammals. S. Fox, a recent recruit, finds that his new life in the office block is every bit as dangerous as in his native forest. In a set of letters written to his cousin, Arctic Fox, we follow his trials, as he tries to navigate a way through the forests of bureaucracy. Before his eyes, factions tear the office world apart. S. Fox m ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published May 24th 2013 by Rebel Epublishers (first published May 15th 2011)
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Ian
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told as a series of letters to his cousin, this is the story of a fox working in the bureaucratic nightmare that is the Ministry of Mammals. It's Animal Farm meets 1984 with a dash of Watership Down and a hint of Dilbert.

The book has a very distinctive voice and lots of clever literary references. The characters are well rounded and whilst there are some nice comedy moments the story grows progressively darker as it goes on.

Letters from the Ministry is a compelling read that raises many question
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Hayley
This book was... odd. I didn't really know what I was expecting, so it took a while to get into it, but once I did I quite enjoyed it. The writing was quite different - very verbose and poetic at points - which was a key aspect of the main character, and whilst at points it seemed a bit odd, overall it was very well done and made the book an enjoyable read.

This was, essentially, a 21st Century version of Animal Farm, although there were no actual humans in this one; rather, it was the wolves ve
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Siina
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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I actually had hard time deciding whether this was good or really good. I ended up good for reasons I'll share with you. All in all, I'd say that Donnelly's style and the letter approach works well and is fresh. The style is quite coherent, though at times it doesn't feel like written letters but a story that happens now. This doesn't happen a lot, which is great considering that the style is hard to master.

I was fascinated about the politics and the Ministry of Mammals. This is a good follower
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Jason Lewis
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Letters From the Ministry is an interesting combination of Apocalypse Now meets Animal Farm with a hint of Alice in Wonderland. Donnelly's writing style captivates the reader with the amount of detail and poetic touch to describe the scenes that take place throughout the story. It becomes a very gripping story with the introduction of new characters and the number of personalities associated with each group. Donnelly has created a very intriguing story from beginning to end and I cannot wait to ...more
Diane Emmett
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oops, I thought I posted this weeks ago! Going from memory here, but I very much enjoyed Letters from the Ministry by Phillip Donnelly. It is an Animal Farm for the 21st century. It is gentler in tone than George Orwell's middle school assigned reading, and the politics it takes on are far removed from the totalitarian threat from the middle of the last century. But it's entertaining and has an important message!
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After completing a psychology degree, Ministry Fox realised that he was profoundly misanthropic and set about travelling the world looking for aliens to take him to another planet.
Unable to speak any foreign languages and almost incapable of holding a conversation in his own, he decided to teach English as a foreign language because this was the only job that would allow him to travel widely witho
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“By day, we mammals are base and earth-bound creatures, trotting six feet above our final resting places, fixated on delaying that last mortal moment as long as possible. By night, with a million stars to fire our imagination – what dreams may come?” 0 likes
“To flourish, evil must conceal itself and language is twisted to hide it. Slaughterhouses become meat factories and genocide becomes ethnic cleansing. To completely hide the truth, abbreviate it.” 0 likes
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