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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

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"'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."

 

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REVIEW:

 

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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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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review 2018-08-27 22:49
British Big Brother: "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell
1984 - George Orwell

Do you think it matters greatly that Orwell may have plagearised a good portion of "Nineteen Eighty-Four" because of the significance of the novel? Funny how soon this novel has passed the 60 years mark and we're just now "finding this all out". In our world - the age of the internet, it seems these things are found out immediately.

 

I was always aware that "Nineteen Eighty-Four" was about Russia/Soviet Union given his experience fighting on the communist side during the Spanish Civil War and all that entailed. Due to the Stalinists executing the Trotskyites (the POUM) on whose side Orwell fought, he left Spain after almost being murdered himself disillusioned with Communism altogether.

 

 

 

Read on, if you feel like it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-25 20:51
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell

This might be one of the most popular stories, mostly read in school. And yes, I read it at school as well, but back then I couldn't appreciate this parable to its fullest. But given the developments in the last 25 years, nations risen and fallen, political systems overthrown in the hope for something better - only to end up worse than before -, this text had much more of an impact on me now. Because, as sad as it may sound: the imagery and the message ring true, almost painfully true - despite, or maybe because of the not so very hidden hints of communism and the date it's been written. And what does that say about humankind nowadays that it's still relevant in this day and age?

 

All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.

 

The animals of Manor Farm stage a rebellion against their human owner which succeeds. What begins as a common effort to establish equality among the animals, so that no one rules over them... soon ends up producing the ruling class of the pigs with its leader ever more removed from the "common" working animals and surrounded by vicious dogs. History's rewritten, enemies are created, demagoguery rules - all just to pull wool over the eyes of the rest of the animals.

 

Now I ask you: Is reality so much different?

 

Definitely a must-read.

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