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Animal Farm by George Orwell
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Animal Farm (original 1945; edition 2020)

by George Orwell (Author)

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All animals are equals but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that all animals are created equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: but some animals are more equal than others.… (more)
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Authors:George Orwell (Author)
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Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

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“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.”

I first read this in school and can’t believe it has taken me this long to read it again. I loved this book as a teenager and love it still, although I now have an even greater appreciation for it. Whilst Orwell intended this to be a mockery of the Russian revolution, it clearly applies to almost every nation on Earth, and you can easily see aspects of this today, some 76 years later.

Out of all the animals, I had the greatest of sympathy for Benjamin, for whilst he was initially portrayed as a pessimist, he was in fact a realist. Benjamin had lived long enough to see history repeat itself but did not have the power, influence or energy, to do anything about it. I think a lot of us can relate to Benjamin! ( )
  moosenoose | Jul 25, 2021 |
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.

Reading [b:1984|40961427|1984|George Orwell|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1532714506l/40961427._SX50_.jpg|153313] and Animal Farm back to back was ... probably not a great idea. They're entirely too similar. In one, the government already has power and in the other it's an (animal) government coming to power, but the tactics used are all together too similar.

Nevertheless, I would say that Animal Farm really does fit in that set of books where there's a point to it, more than just reading for the story, for better or for worse. The idea that the best of ideas can be corrupted, told through the eyes of various farmyard animals.

If you're going to read this or 1984, I'd say read this. If you're going to read both, split them up a bit. :) But I'd say both are worth the read. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Reread this and it was time well spent. It speaks to all of us in 2020 (those who live in the U.S.) and the dangers of blind loyalty and the cult of personality, among other things. ( )
  wildh2o | Jul 10, 2021 |
I liked the book. It's a very excellent and funny way to see communism and how it will change through the years. ( )
  tmrps | Jul 1, 2021 |
Comrade Napoleon ... ( )
  volfy | Jun 26, 2021 |
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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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All animals are equals but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that all animals are created equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: but some animals are more equal than others.

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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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