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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
  2. 245
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (mikeg2)
  3. 92
    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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    Watership Down by Richard Adams (mcenroeucsb)
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    Snowball's Chance by John Reed (infiniteletters)
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    The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi (Anonymous user)
  9. 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.
  10. 21
    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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    Mort(e) by Robert Repino (ShelfMonkey)
  12. 21
    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.
  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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    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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    Utopia by Thomas More (luzestrella)
    luzestrella: marvelous!! definitively worth reading
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Cleanliness: Slightly Tainted (No curse words. Topics to consider: drinking, blood, suicide, murder, and death.)

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What an interesting book! Animal Farm is a political satire that focuses on Communism, rebellion, and injustice. If a child picked it up, they would just see a story about some pigs that are big bullies (and murderers...), but an adult can get much more out of the story.

The rebellion part of the book reminded me so much of Rise of the Planet of the Apes! It also made me want to go vegan... I think it was a very, very bold book for its time.

I got a lot of good points out of this story. The main lesson at first was that working together works. Then it morphed into a warning about how the smarter take advantage of the dumber and less fortunate. It's easy for people you trust to trick you. It told how one movement sparks another and how power can change people. Animal Farm definitely showed that it's pretty easy to become the thing you hate the most.

"Man is the only real enemy we have."

~George Orwell 🐖 ( )
  AudrasBookBlabbing | Oct 31, 2018 |
oh how familiar the story line is to our own lives. ( )
  Starla_Aurora | Oct 29, 2018 |
Parable about tyranny. Precursor to 1984. On every "books to read before you die" list. Required reading.
Check. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
An animal farm teaches us about life and politics who'd of thought it. A must read if you haven't already. ( )
  foof2you | Oct 28, 2018 |
My public school friends all read this in class, but for some reason we never read this in private school. Huh. I read this book this afternoon... very interesting, a little creepy, but I liked it. Thanks for the recommendation, Kyle! ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
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Orwell, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abella, RafaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baker, RussellPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Batchelor, JoyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bulla, GuidoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crick, BernardContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crick, BernardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gueillet, SuzonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Halas, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heuvelmans, TonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Low, JosephCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muggeridge, MalcolmIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nydorf, CharlesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Quéval, JeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Szíjgyártó, LászlóTranslatorsecondary 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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