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Animal Farm (1945)

by George Orwell

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"Animal Farm" is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message. Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.… (more)
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    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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    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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Aunque el libro se lee claramente como una alegoría de la Revolución de Octubre de 1917 y la deriva del PCUS punto a punto, incluyendo las purgas de Stalin y tantos otros hitos de la época, opino que la principal fuerza de su lectura reside en la proyección continua hacia las estructuras de poder y organizativas de la actualidad, con sus liderazgos que hablan del interés de un colectivo con el que todas las personas pueden o deben identificarse, sus repentinos cambios de parecer según sople el viento electoral, sus burdas justificaciones de acciones de dudoso interés... En realidad nada ha cambiado desde que se escribiera este libro: organizaciones sociopolíticas y estados siguen funcionando, en su mayoría aunque con honrosas excepciones, como picadoras de carne al servicio de intereses partisanos y, más habitualmente, individuales u oligopólicos. Llega un momento en el que la única opción no es cómo cambiar esto, sino como apartarse para que no te arrolle.

Por lo demás, muy reseñable cómo este libro muestra, de manera más sencilla que [b:1984|40961427|1984|George Orwell|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1532714506l/40961427._SX50_.jpg|153313], la obsesión del autor por la aceptación de las personas de los cambios de mensaje realizados por el estado-partido a pesar de ser conscientes de ello. Esto, que podría parecer una burda manipulación en la que ya nadie cae, está al cabo de la calle en forma de memes transmitidos por redes sociales, cambiantes líneas editoriales de medios de comunicación y, en última instancia, la machaconería de tu cuñado en la sobremesa dominical. De nada sirve citar fuentes o esgrimir dialécticas lógicas: hace tiempo que venció la boina a rosca en el cráneo. ( )
  tecniferio | May 12, 2022 |
I'm into the farming thing myself so I was looking for a field guide and I found this book written by some obscure guy named George Orwell.

Big mistake.

Orwell explains very little about farming and, instead, goes crazy writing about an utopia where animals rule a farm on their own communist way. This is nonsense.

Next time you write anything, mr Orwell, please do some research before jumping in your keyboard. And, by the way, animals CAN'T talk. ( )
  tomdoniphon | Apr 21, 2022 |
Read when at school as a "prescribed reading" book.[return][return]Even as a teenager I was able to understand that it was an allegorical story where the farmyard is being used to describe and comment on Communism. It gives rise to some ideas that have entered the general language e.g. "all (animals) are equal, but some are more equal than others". [return][return]As someone who grew up in the 70s and 80s, and therefore very aware of the cold war, Communism and the nuclear threat, it was easy for me to grasp the anologies. It would be interesting to see if the generations that have come after the Soviet Empire fell in the 1990s understand and appreciate the book. ( )
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
Título original : Animal farm ( )
  leticia.costa | Apr 13, 2022 |
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Baker, RussellPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, MalcolmIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Crick, BernardContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crick, BernardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davison, Peter HobleyForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Halas, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Walter, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woodhouse, C. M.Introductionsecondary 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.
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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:
ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
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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"Animal Farm" is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message. Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.

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Orwell's allegory of the Soviet revolution remains as lucid and compelling as ever. In beautifully clear prose, he gives us a vivid gallery of characters and a fable that conveys the truth about how we are manipulated through language and the impossibility of finding heaven on earth.
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"The old king is dead!
"The farm overflows with good things."
"We'll let you know."

(one-horse.library)
"Wake, Boxer, with cause!"
Friends offer snake-sly wisdom.
The wheel turns, grates on.

(one-horse.library)

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