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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm (1945)

by George Orwell

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    1984 by George Orwell (Phr33k, haraldo)
    Phr33k: The theory behind the two books is the same, and if you enjoyed Animal Farm, you should read Nineteen Eighty-four
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    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (mikeg2)
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    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (BeeQuiet)
    BeeQuiet: Whilst this book follows one day in the life of a Soviet prisoner in a gulag as opposed to merely a worker, this is still a stunning indictment of the revolution's disregard of human life.
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    The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (mariamreza)
    mariamreza: Another great use of allegory.
  5. 60
    Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (chrisharpe)
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    The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi (Anonymous user)
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    Watership Down by Richard Adams (mcenroeucsb)
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    Snowball's Chance by John Reed (infiniteletters)
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    The Descendants of Cain (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: European) by Sun-Won Hwang (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Portrait of the mechanics and effect of Soviet-style communist takeover.
  10. 10
    Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (vancouverdeb)
    vancouverdeb: Both books use animals to illustrate human shortcomings and a base nature, animals gain human consciousness,both are allegories , and dystopian novels.
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    Red Plenty: Industry! Progress! Abundance! Inside the Fifties Soviet Dream by Francis Spufford (lewbs)
    lewbs: Both books look at the shortcomings and hypocrisies of communism with some fine humor.
  12. 43
    Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi (weener)
    weener: A good real-life example of what a repressive government can do.
  13. 22
    Utopian Tales From Weimar by Jack Zipes (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Some of the stories in this anthology are earlier allegories with animals forming governments. The politics is just as sharp as Orwell's.
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    Utopia by Thomas More (luzestrella)
    luzestrella: marvelous!! definitively worth reading
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Todo lo que camina sobre dos pies es un enemigo.
Todo lo que camina sobre cuatro patas, o tenga alas, es amigo.
Ningún animal usará ropa.
Ningún animal dormirá en una cama
Ningún animal beberá alcohol.
Ningún animal matará a otro animal.
Todos los animales son iguales

La historia de los animales que se alían y se rebelan contra los humanos que los explotan, para formar su propia sociedad organizada, lejos de la tiranía. Sin embargo, el cuento alegórico plasma a la perfección la corrupción que se va formando entorno a cualquier poder adquirido. En este caso, los cerdos se hacen al principio con la dirección de la granja, abusando de su inteligencia mayor y su posición privilegia con respecto al resto de los animales.

Un desarrollo de los hechos con el que muchos lectores se pueden sentir identificados en la situación social actual (a pesar de que se trata de una obra británica publicada en el año 1984), tanto en el ámbito de la política, como un cualquier situación laboral por diferente que pueda parecer. La desgarradora crítica social que encierra es, desde luego, brillante, verosímil y cargada de sentimientos a favor de un pueblo que ha soportado los abusos desde sus inicios.

Los derechos, al final del relato, terminan por ser los siguientes, modificados por los cerdos para su propio beneficio, lo cuál es muy representativo:

Ningún animal dormirá en una cama con sábanas
Ningún animal beberá alcohol en exceso
Ningún animal matará a otro animal sin motivo
Todos los animales son iguales, pero algunos animales son más iguales que otros. ( )
  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
This book by George Orwell references history and communism by using animals on a farm. The different breeds of animals represent the different figures one would have in a communist party. For example, the pigs are the bullies in the story and would compare to being the leaders in the communist party. Students at a higher reading level and in higher grades, junior high and up, would grasp a deeper understanding of the text. ( )
  brittburditt | Nov 26, 2018 |
This book is reference to history and is told using animals on a farm who start a rebellion against the farmer. The pigs are the rulers and come up with a set of rules and the farm is happy for a little while until on of the leaders is chased away and then rules get altered and the pigs are the ones being treated better than the others. After sometime the pigs break the biggest rule "2 legs bad, 4 legs good" when they began to walk on two legs and the other animals cannot tell the difference between pigs and humans. This book is a great for upper grades to learn about allegories and connect with history. ( )
  AshleySurbrook | Nov 25, 2018 |
A brilliant satirical work by a genius 'George Orwell'...
First of all, am super duper impressed by the overall theme of this well known classic.. Such a wonderful way of describing each and every event or scenario. I felt sooooooo much involved in this, I could actually say I saw this story stead of read it. That precisely explains it!! Ya..!
This masterpiece has a good message in it, a brilliantly crafted plotline, laughter, loads of happiness and tones of struggle and sorrow..

Finally, when the journey was over and it was time to put the book back into my shelf, I was left with many questions to my own self about my very own race...! ( )
  sharath_somashekar | Nov 18, 2018 |
Describe bien lo que ocurrió en la revolución Rusa, el cambio de un régimen a otro igual o peor. ( )
  EduardoArt | Nov 16, 2018 |
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Abella, RafaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Batchelor, JoyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Crick, BernardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.
For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran:
These people don't see that if you encourage totalitarian methods, the time may come when they will be used against you instead of for you. [from preface]
Make a habit of imprisoning Fascists without trial, and perhaps the process won't stop at Fascists. [from preface]
To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. [from preface]
If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. [from preface]
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Haiku summary
"The old king is dead!
"The farm overflows with good things."
"We'll let you know."

"Wake, Boxer, with cause!"
Friends offer snake-sly wisdom.
The wheel turns, grates on.


Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451526341, Mass Market Paperback)

Since its publication in 1946, George Orwell's fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong has rivaled Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea as the Shortest Serious Novel It's OK to Write a Book Report About. (The latter is three pages longer and less fun to read.) Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full. The animals' Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, or kill a fellow four-footed creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. "We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of the farm depend on us. Day and night, we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." While this swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, cynically editing the Seven Commandments to excuse their violence and greed, the common animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than in the days when humans ran the farm. Satire Animal Farm may be, but it's a stony reader who remains unmoved when the stalwart workhorse, Boxer, having given his all to his comrades, is sold to the glue factory to buy booze for the pigs. Orwell's view of Communism is bleak indeed, but given the history of the Russian people since 1917, his pessimism has an air of prophecy. --Joyce Thompson

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A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.

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