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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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    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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    mariamreza: Another great use of allegory.
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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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    CGlanovsky: Portrait of the mechanics and effect of Soviet-style communist takeover.
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    lewbs: Both books look at the shortcomings and hypocrisies of communism with some fine humor.
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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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    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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So easy to read I'm not sure why I haven't picked this up before. Very timely listen. Lots to think about. ( )
  sydsavvy | Sep 5, 2017 |
Ma per piacere!
Me lo fecero leggere in seconda media, probabilmente speravano che mi aprisse gli occhi, che risvegliasse in me una coscienza politica... boh, non so.
Ricordo benissimo che mi parve ingenuo e, quel che è peggio, insulso già a quell'età.
Parliamo anche di estetica: una volta tanto una copertina azzeccata. Orrida copertina per orrido libro. (A distanza di anni me la ricordavo ancora benissimo!)

OGGI, nel 2011, leggo che il miglior Orwell è quello di prima della seconda guerra mondiale e non fatico a crederci: peggio della Fattoria può solo esserci un libro-game! ( )
  downisthenewup | Aug 17, 2017 |
“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.”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm ( )
  saleem_shaikh | Aug 6, 2017 |
Interesting book. I hadn't heard about it until my wife checked it out from the library. We were looking for books under certain genres for kids to read, and one of them was "Animals". Figuring this might be some sort of fictional satire, she checked it out. While the entire story does center around animals and their Rebellion, this is most certainly a political satire, and one centered around Soviet Russia during the early to mid-1900s.

Historically, the book does well following the rise of Stalinist communism (called "Animalism"), the oppression of the totalitarian state on its people, and the inevitable corruption of its high ranking officials. Further, the story shows how Russian history was rewritten by the addendum to each of the Seven Commandments.

Really. the book reads like an allegory of a distopian farm with animals under oppression. It does well to show the gradual oppression by the rulers over the general population, including stretching truth, rewriting history, unfair distribution of wealth, and flat out lies. Conspiracy theories, favoritism, secret agents, and double-faced relationships are discussed throughout the story.

My only gripe, is that the plot really doesn't progress. I mean, you know the animals are going into further oppression, yet it plods along slowly. Some of the characters, like Boxer, are well loved, and others like Squealer, are deeply hated. Yet, the slow pace of the story continues, one chapter after another, until in peaks at the last chapter, then just ends without resolution.

But, far what it is, and what Orwell was trying to accomplish with the book, he did a great job. It really is quite intriguing. I don't know if I would recommend it to anyone though. Maybe to those who are interested in dystopian societies, or political philosophies. I could see this as required reading for middle school grades, if anything, to teach the pitfalls of Stalinist communism and fascism.
  atoponce | Aug 2, 2017 |
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

I won't go too far with the plot for this one as I suspect that most people know the story already. All that I will say is that one night, all the animals at Manor Farm assemble in a barn to hear old Major, a pig, describe a dream he had about a world where all animals live free from the tyranny of their human masters. Inspired by his philosophy of Animalism all the animals plot a rebellion against the farmer Mr Jones lead by two pigs. When one day Jones forgets to feed the animals, the revolution occurs, and Jones is chased off the farm. Manor Farm is renamed Animal Farm.

Initially, the rebellion is a success. Napoleon, however, proves to be a power-hungry leader. Snowball is forced to leave the farm so that as Napoleon's lust for power increases he becomes a totalitarian dictator, forcing "confessions" from innocent animals and having them executed.

Years pass with the animals get less and less food whilst the pigs get fatter. Life for all the animals (except the pigs) is harsh. Eventually, the pigs take on many of the qualities of their former human oppressors even changing the name of the farm back to Manor Farm.

The novel is an allegory of the Russian Revolution which Orwell initially regarded as a success but ultimately fell back to the old ways where the rich got richer and the poor poorer where it's leaders abandoned the true principals of Socialism . Therefore, probably the most important theme of this book is tyrants or perhaps more accurately tyranny. Orwell satirizes politicians, specifically their ability to manipulate others in particular those who espouse the most virtuous ideas to become the worst enemies of the people whose lives they are claiming to improve.

However, Napoleon is not the only cause for Animal Farm's decline. Orwell also satirizes the populace whose attitudes allow tyrants like Napoleon to succeed. This is particularly true of Boxer, a shire horse with prodigious physical power, but is likened to a blindly devoted citizen who prefers slogans to questioning his own situation and is therefore unwilling to challenge what is going on around him allowing the leaders to gain in strength

Now I read this book initially many years ago when I was a teenager and perhaps did not fully get it then but now with quite a few more years of experience under my belt I see it for the real genius that it is. Unfortunately despite the Russian Revolution occurring over a century ago little in the world seems to have changed. The rich get richer whilst the poor get poorer with an over-reliance of being in the right club. The greatest strength of this book is that many of it's arguments are still valid today. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Aug 1, 2017 |
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Abella, RafaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary 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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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.
Gli animali di una fattoria, stanchi dei continui soprusi degli esseri umani, decidono di ribellarsi e, dopo avere cacciato il proprietario, tentano di creare un nuovo ordine fondato su un concetto utopistico di uguaglianza. Ben presto, tuttavia, emerge tra loro una nuova classe di burocrati, i maiali, che con l'astuzia, la cupidigia e l'egoismo che li contraddistinguono si impongono in modo prepotente e tirannico sugli altri animali più docili e semplici d'animo. L'acuta satira orwelliana verso il totalitarismo è unita in questo apologo a una felicità inventiva e a un'energia stilistica che pongono "La fattoria degli animali" tra le opere più celebri della narrativa del Novecento.
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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)

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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