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review 2020-07-13 09:08
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell

TITLE: Animal Farm: A Fairy Tale


AUTHOR: George Orwell


PUBLICATION DATE: 2018 (originally 1945)


EDITION: Penguin English Library


ISBN-13: 9780241341667




"'All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others.' When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another."





You may call this a political or social commentary, a satire, an allegory, a moral story, or a combination of a whole lot of other things. The novella is still relevant today and should be a warning to the general public to think for themselves and question everything, instead of dully going along with the approved narrative (whatever it is). At the end of the day, this is a short and witty observation of animal human nature.


PS: This is not a children's book. The book is better if the reader has some knowledge of history and adult concerns (i.e. putting food on the table, economy in general and politics).


 And just because:

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text 2019-03-26 11:08
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
1984 - George Orwell

I was dismissed from jury duty. I can't discuss details but it was a 1st degree murder charge. I was not okay with having that much pressure, especially when they said they would have us watch an actual video of the crime. I told them truthfully that I would have nightmares if forced to see that.


For once, my mental health issues paid off. Plus, those chairs were killing me.


Back to the book, this is really a scary thing, given the world we live in.

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text 2019-03-25 16:04
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
1984 - George Orwell I'm reading this while on jury duty. Is that irony? I'm sitting in the main room awaiting selection. It's boring. I'm sleepy and hungry and I hate downtown. Also this book is frightening.
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review 2018-12-13 00:00
Mil Novecentos e Oitenta e Quatro
Mil Novecentos e Oitenta e Quatro - Ana Luísa Faria,George Orwell 3 things about this book:
1. Oh well, I have so many things to say about this book that I did an all oral presentation about it!
2. It’s good because it makes us think about so many important things that are happening or could happen in our time.
3. The way History can change depending on who tells it is one of my favourite topics.
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review 2018-08-31 06:48
1984 by George Orwell
1984 - George Orwell
This may be more timely then when it was written.  Winston Smith is not following the Party's rhetoric.  He is thinking and realizes he has other memories and thoughts than what the Party wants good Party members to have.  He finally sees a way to rebel but the Party gets to him.
There is so much in this book.  It is a story of a regimen that controls everything including people's thoughts.  It is also a story that can be likened to our day and society.  Power and money are held by a few who control everything.  Winston thinks the proles will one day rise up but those in power know they won't because they don't think for themselves.  They listen to what the Party tells them and believe it and never question it.  Those in the Outer Circle of the Party believe what is told them also.  If they are caught thinking and remembering other pasts, they are arrested and tortured, reeducated, and eventually murdered so that they fall back into the Party line.  I thought Winston would make it.  I hoped Winston would make it.  But the Party got him.  It broke my heart.
This is my first time reading 1984.  I have to admit I wish I could write an essay about it and how our politics and society are becoming what Orwell was warning us about.  He talks about the technology, the oligarchy, the Newspeak used, emotions voided, everyone thinking the same, .  I see it so much of his vision happening today.  We grow further apart from one another.  We use technology instead of communicating face to face.  Families are broken and fewer marry and have children.  Education becomes rote because of teaching to tests.  1% of the population has more money than over half the lower income people.  Corporations have more rights than people.  Wages have frozen and backslid because of rising costs of housing, transportation, and food.  The government does not help the proles.  It keeps them downtrodden and poor.  So much could be expanded upon.
I also enjoyed this book because it made me think.  It used 50 cent words.  I had to use a dictionary.  I haven't had to do that for a while.  It is not a book I will forget any time soon.  If you haven't read it, I urge you to read it.  Wow!
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