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text 2017-06-08 12:10
8th June 2017
Animal Farm & 1984 - George Orwell,Christopher Hitchens

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.

 

George Orwell

 

June 8, 1949: George Orwell's dystopian classic, Nineteen Eight-Four, was published 68 years ago today. The popularity of the book led to our adoption of the term "Big Brother" as shorthand for a surveillance state.

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review 2017-04-25 02:54
My Favorite Classic
Animal Farm & 1984 - George Orwell,Christopher Hitchens

1984 is my all time favorite book.

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review 2017-03-07 00:00
Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm
Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm - Bill Willingham,Mark Buckingham,Steve Leialoha Rebellious, revolutionary feelings stir up on the remote retreat in upstate New York where Fables who can't blend in with humanity live. Snow and Red think they're going on a routine visit to the Farm (and to return the third little pig, Colin, home), but it turns into something much more dangerous.

Groundwork for the series is still being laid, well, it really never stops evolving, but I did have one problem with the story. A key moment is when a character seemingly changes allegiance and quickly rises to an almost-leading role in the revolution. There wasn't any build-up towards that - one panel they make a clueless, androcentric (would that be right?) remark and the next they're being led to the revolution's armory for recruitment.

Everything hinges on that moment and I couldn't see how it went from A to Z other than the needs of the plot to have a face-off.

Anyway, it was still a fun read and a great excuse to have some surreal images of fairy tale creatures like talking flowers and hens bearing arms. Goldilocks and the Three Bears play a big part, too. All good things.

Previous: Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Next: Fables, Vol. 3: Storybook Love
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review 2017-03-04 12:36
Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell

I'm usually the girl who doesn't like the classics, but in this case, I really liked this book. Well, I say I liked it, but what I really mean is that it was easy reading with a compelling story. It's just so depressing actually. Yes, it's a satire on communism in Russia, but it's so bloody spot on that it's relevant in many more places these days.

I've always thought the basic principles of communism sounds great. I mean, what is bad about equality? But it's when it goes wrong, which inevitably it does, that it turns into a shitstorm. It seems like humanity is doomed... by human nature :(

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review 2017-01-26 15:52
Audiobook Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell

For all the controversy surrounding this novel, I was surprised by how short it actually is. However, for all its lack of length, it sure does pack an important message.

 

The allegory was a bit didactic for me — I felt like I was being beat over the head with the message, but I haven’t read an allegory yet that hasn’t made me feel that way, so that’s just a genre preference. The message is worthwhile and, scarily enough, seems all too real. As always, Orwell makes a scathing political commentary while still telling an entertaining story. Despite the rather factual narration, I still felt some emotional connection to the characters and was saddened and horrified in all the right parts.

 

I thought the narration was fantastic. Cosham played to the animal characters, adjusting his speech to sound like the different animals. He also told it in a storyteller voice, which usually I don’t like, but it fit so perfectly with the way Animal Farm is written that I found myself enjoying his rendition. (And after all, the full title is Animal Farm: A Fairy Tale.)

 

I recommend this book for everyone to read. It’s a classic, it’s banned, it gives an important message, and it’s pretty short, so there’s hardly an excuse not to read it. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I found it to be interesting and enjoyable.

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