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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm (original 1945; edition 1996)

by George Orwell

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Title:Animal Farm
Authors:George Orwell
Info:Signet Classics (1996), Edition: 50th Anniversary, Mass Market Paperback, 140 pages
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Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

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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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    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.
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    Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi (weener)
    weener: A good real-life example of what a repressive government can do.
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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.
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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.
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    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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    Feed by M. T. Anderson (SqueakyChu)
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    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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this was well written. still makes sense today. ( )
  jodiesohl | Jun 25, 2016 |
Leído para el reto 12 months-12 classic: Marzo

2015 Reading Challenge #07: A book with nonhuman characters.

Genial sátira de la Rusia comunista, que fácilmente puede aplicarse también a la Venezuela socialista. A continuación algunos ejemplos:

"Snowball también se ocupó en organizar a los otros, en lo que denominaba Comités de Animales. Para esto, era incansable. Formó el Comité de producción de huevos para las gallinas, la Liga de las colas limpias para las vacas, el Comité para reeducación de los camaradas salvajes (cuyo objeto era domesticar las ratas y los conejos), el Movimiento pro-lana más blanca para las ovejas, y otros muchos, además de organizar clases de lectura y escritura. En general, estos proyectos resultaron un fracaso."

En Venezuela tenemos: Superintendecia de Precios Justos, Misión Barrio Adentro, Gran Misión Saber y Trabajo, Misión Vuelvan Caras, Misión Madres del Barrio, Misión Identidad, Gran Misión Hijos de Venezuela, y -las misiones educativas: Misión Robinson, Mision Ribas. Etcetera, etcetera. Y eso sin olvidar los Consejos Comunales y el nuevo Viceministerio...

"Napoleón no era ya mencionado simplemente como «Napoleón». Se le nombraba siempre en forma ceremoniosa como «nuestro Líder, camarada Napoleón», y a los cerdos les gustaba inventar para él, títulos como «Padre de todos los animales», «Terror de la humanidad», «Protector del rebaño de ovejas», «Amigo de los patitos» y otros por el estilo."

Tenemos al Chávez: Camarada, Corazón del Pueblo, Corazón de mi Patria, Comandante en Jefe, Líder Eterno, y el más reciente COMANDANTE SUPREMO.

"En sus discursos, Squealer hablaba con lágrimas en los ojos, respecto a la sabiduría de Napoleón, la bondad de su corazón y el profundo amor que sentía por todos los animales en todas partes, y especialmente por las desdichadas bestias que aún vivían en la ignorancia y la esclavitud en otras granjas."

"Emotivo" discurso de Nicolás Maduro

Ver también: cualquier cadena de Maduro y/o discurso de Diosdado.

"Se había hecho habitual atribuir a Napoleón toda proeza afortunada y todo golpe de suerte. A menudo se oía que una gallina le decía a otra: «Bajo la dirección de nuestro Líder, camarada Napoleón, yo he puesto cinco huevos en seis días», o dos vacas, mientras saboreaban el agua del bebedero, solían exclamar: «Gracias a nuestro Líder, camarada Napoleón ¡qué rico sabor tiene esta agua!»."

You know.

"Se difundió el rumor de que Snowball, a pesar de todo, había logrado introducir veneno en la comida de Napoleón."

Imposible olvidar el "cáncer inoculado" y la ola de ignorancia generada por el gobierno, trayendo como consecuencia cosas como esta:

Y ni hablar de la similitud de la promesa de la producción independiente, con el lema de: Gobierno del pueblo, para el pueblo. Y mientras el venezolano común hace cola, los del gobierno...

En fin, Rebelión en la Granja es un retrato de los gobiernos -pasados y futuros- donde reina la avaricia. Un clásico obligado. ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
What an unusual, disturbing little story. Its simplicity holds much power and depth.

This isn't the easiest review to write. It's definitely a book that's open to interpretation. As you can see, the synopsis covers that it's a paradox of political angles. I do agree with this, and I also take from it random control through religion, greed, and personal and societal dominance. With the speech and organized structure of the animals, I at first thought the author meant to humanize them for the effect of a fun story; by the end, I realize he instead was highlighting the animal in man.

It's likely a story where you'll discover something new with each read. A short thing, merely 112 pages, it packs a powerful punch. The pacing is swift and interesting, igniting chaos and controversy amongst the animals from get-go, finishing with a grim slamming of the book door. The setting never leaves the farm, it never needs to. They have their own world to survive in and that world is where the power and message of the story lives.

Would you believe I had no idea at all of the plot when opening the first page? Being deprived of most classics growing up, none of my friends or family read these either. It's a personal goal to discover these on my own, and I hadn't seen the movie nor the trailer. I knew it was probably about animals, of course, and when I started reading it thought with the talking animals it was akin maybe to a type of children's tale.

The short novel, bottom line, is about how corrupting power can be. Absolute control and corruption when too much is given, the imbalances are raised, and too much blind loyalty to leadership. The animals initial goal was to run the farm themselves, without outside interference or help, seeing each other as equals of a sort, every animal doing an equal share of work and production toward a unified goal, similar to a utopian communism.

The writing style is ridiculously simple. Kept this way by Orwell, the structure and events unfolding are carefully arranged, using skillful writing and almost childlike simplicity to fully and easily illustrate the chaotic, complex unraveling of this 'society.' Sometimes when using a moral message that is this deep, profound, common, and structured, it can work better laying it out in allegories.

Religion is clear as day with its play in control, especially with the Raven Moses, who keeps speaking of "Sugarcandy Mountain" in the sky, where one day everyone would be able to rest from their weary labors. Some have pointed out that while Old Major was preaching about changes needed within the structure, Moses was sleeping in the barn. It can be seen as a play on how the church has been accused of "sleeping" or turning a blind eye to communism.

I recommend this short novel to everyone. The message is amazingly potent, the characters fascinating, it's power isn't in preachy writing but effective literary prowess, and it's a classic that will stand the test of time.

There's also always this haunting last line the book concludes with. I don't care much for Minecraft but my friend and son have me play it sometimes. I built a little literary world and one of the farms was animal farm. I put this last line on a few signs in the yard:

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which."

Interesting facts:

Several of Orwell's coinages from his popular and intensely impactual works have birthed unique phrases people use today, one word being "Orwellian", indicated any oppressive social occurrence leading to the repression of a free society.

His other most popular piece was 1984. Combined with Animal Farm, these two have sold more copies together than any other twentieth-century author.
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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
If you can get past the concept of talking animals and use the parallels to history, it's not a bad book! ( )
  sippju01 | Jun 9, 2016 |
Animal farm was both fun to read and very interesting. Essentially, a bunch of animals live on a farm. The farmer is mean and none of the animals like him. One day, they decide that they have had enough of him and that the only way to achieve autonomy is through rebellion. Led by the pigs (the smartest animals on the farm), the farm animals gather together and chase the farmer from the farm. After he is gone, the animals set up their own governmental structure. The pigs are the leaders and they create all the rules to avoid having a tyrannical leader who uses the labor of the animals for his own purposes like the farmer. Instead, all the animals are comrades and they work for the benefit of the farm. However, power corrupts and the pigs slowly transform into little versions of the farmer. They learn how to read and write, eventually they learn to walk on their hind legs. The other animals begin to question them but the pigs use fear in the form of hounds to keep the other animals from rebelling. Eventually though, the animals have had enough when they see their leader and the other pigs communicating with other humans, and they can't tell the difference between the two groups. I highly recommend this book. It is the perfect blend of fun nonsense and an interesting piece on both capitalism and communism. ( )
  DrPedro | Jun 8, 2016 |
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This little book, about as long as Candide, may fairly be compared with it as a searching commentary on the dominant philosophy of the age.
added by Sylak | editPunch
Animal Farm is a very politcal novel that tells a story about a farm and the way it's run but the story of the animals the way the run the farm represents the 2nd world war and the politics behind it, this technique is known as an allegory. Old Major (a wise old pig) gives the animals a lecture about how unfairly they're treated by the humans. the animals do all the work and don't get any profit, everyone works so hard and don't even get enough food to satisfy their hunger each day, they've had enough. the animals decide to stand up to their rights, and run the farm in a way that is progressive and to shut down the humans and agree that all the animals should be treated fairly. this does not last long when the pigs start to take control of things. they assume that because they're smarter they should have more rites. The start to take advantage of their intelligence by giving themselves more rites and modifying the laws that the animals agreed to live by. while this happens alot more events occur, the animals complete the windmill but then it gets knocked down during war, this reoccurs a number of times, the farm has lost animals due to war but one of the most significate loss' was the death of Boxer who sadly gets taken away then killed by humans. alot of other major events occur that all contribute to the main theme of the novel. Animal Farm was unique from any novel i've read but I did not enjoy it but using an allegory to represent an event that is a big part of history did impress me and they way George Orwell executed it was fantastic.
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With an unusually piercing blare of trumpets from the Book-of-the-Month Club, whose co-selection for September it is, and with a resounding ruffle of publicity drums, an odd little book is published today.. There is nothing so startlingly brilliant about this quite elementary fable, it seems to me, to justify a tempest in anything larger than a teacup.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, Orville Prescott (pay site) (Aug 26, 1946)
'Animal Farm' may be taken as the most compact and witty expression of the left-wing British reaction to Soviet Communism... [Orwell] writes absolutely without coyness or whimsicality and with such gravity and charm that 'Animal Farm' becomes an independent creation, standing quite apart from the object of its comment. The qualities of pathos in the tale of the betrayal of the animals -- in the account, for example, of Boxer, the faithful horse -- would compel the attention of persons who never heard of the Russian Revolution.''
George Orwell, a talented leftist writer, has emerged as one of Britain's best satirists. Britons, chuckling at his new book, Animal Farm, a 92-page laugh-and thought-provoking satire on Communism and the Soviet Union, are calling its author the most brilliant political satirist since Swift.
added by Shortride | editTime (Feb 4, 1946)

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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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Op een dag wordt boer Jansen van zijn erf verdreven en nemen de dieren de macht op de boerderij over. Wat de dageraad van een nieuwe tijd had moeten worden eindigt in een afschuwelijke nachtmerrie. De slimste dieren, de varkens, vestigen een bloedige politiestaat en de overige dieren van de boerderij treft een triester lot dan voorheen.
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"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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