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- ISBN-10: 0736605673
- ISBN-13: 978-0736605670
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Animal Farm Audio Cassette – 1 April 1981
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Animal Farm is an amazing work by George Orwell. In this, he makes use of his stupefying imagination and prowess to exploit his wit to throw light on the tragedy of modern history. The book deals with the uprising of animals against humans eventually becoming the one to the extent that it becomes difficult to differentiate between them. The book is a satire on the hegemony of the humans first, and then, of the pigs. A short book with loads of intellectual food to feed your brains!
Einstein once said, "If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself."
If anyone says Politics is complicated, just give them this book.
This novel is put cross through the eyes of Farm Animals who want freedom from Oppressing Humans.
Such is the simplicity that anyone who is a casual reader will understand much about Politics from this novel.
George Orwell has masterfully demonstrated the harsh realities of the fake world we live in where we all think that we are free but yet we are slaves.
It's been a really good experience overall with Amazing Reads publications.
As known to all, the book is a comment on the events which took place in Russia. Right from the shift of power, manipulation of facts, dictatorship and abuse of power, Orwell criticised all of it by using animals to highlight the ugly state of affairs. 🐷
One can also read the book in a general way by relating it to the actions of most of the people in power, who take advantage of others and manipulate things in their favour.
"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”
The author depicts the processes, which the pigs use to gain power step by step with the use of deception and manipulation of the animals. The rebellion which started for a good cause ends up being corrupted. All the characters are based on the Russian revolution and this book is an exact reflection of the political system that is running throughout the world.
Modern day Politics is nothing but a game of manipulation. It's all about obtaining power. We people are easily deceived by the manipulative talks of the politicians. As Adolf Hitler said "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."
Their promises have been repeated so often that a majority of us actually believe these things will happen but nothing happens... ever..
They have no concern for public interest. All they want is power and to obtain that power they can do anything even killing someone and walking on their corpses and this book shows it.
This short novel has a lot to say.
"All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others."
Animal Farm is about our society. It's about the power, people holding it and how they become corrupt.
It's an amazing novel which explains how power turned the pigs from 'comrades' to leaders aka dictators with whips and threats in less than 100 pages.
Amazing read and highly recommended.
Pigs are intelligent when compared to other animals. Taking this into advantage pigs starts being at a better position. Soon all the good things are allowed for the pigs. The prior rules or commandments are changed according to their own comfort.
Sadly this can be related to actual communal situation. Once having power they are ready to do every sort of thing for their own benefit. Eliminate of anyone stands against them. Even many powerful people do follow this.
People need to be educated and understand how this will affect us. Can be related to communism.
Present day example, shabarimala problem created by the cpim gov to make people fight over religion. It just relatable to this book's situation. Powerful people have control over everything whereas others are revolting but not so fruitful.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
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I read this in one go. All the behaviours described within are widespread today (2019), far more so than even 10 years ago. Bad things are happening - all the signs are here, but we dismiss them so we can continue feeling safe.
If 1984 describes our near future, Animal Farm is the here and now.
Orwell clearly wrote this knowing what had happened before, to warn us it would almost certainly happen again. I think our time is up.
The reason I chose this one is that it has an introduction by Bradbury.
After reading it, I think my money is well spent.
Besides, the value of this edition lies in the inclusion of the unpublished preface by the author in the first edition in 1945 as well as another one to the Ukrainian edition by Orwell.
I used to think (and still think) Animal Farm is the best of his works; after reading Bradbury's introduction, I know I am not wrong for my impression.
I bought this product (Animal Farm - Paperback) believing it was the novel and was disappointed to find that it was the screenplay. The product title should clearly indicate what this product is.
Although set in rural England it is a thinly veiled critique of Stalinism written at the time when the dictator was at the height of his power and in integral ally in the fight against Hitler. A little understanding of European history during the 1920's and 1930's is necessary to make the parallel connections, but the plot still works without this knowledge. This is a story about how the less fortunate can become victims of the manipulative. It is about the abuse of power and how the unscrupulous could brutally exploit the willing. Unlike the sub-title it does not have a fairy-tale ending.
The introduction and the two appendices [compelling essays in their own right] give a nice insight to why the author wanted to write this story and the original Establishment objections to its publication.
One does not need to know much about the Russian Revolution and Stalinism (that Orwell intended the tale to be a commentary about) to enjoy this book, because it could easily be about any totalitarian society or one that has aspirations to make life better for the people. And that's what makes this work such a powerful classic, because Orwell speaks profound truths about human nature and the potential for evil when power is entrusted (through a tale about animals) in the most simple and direct way.
I think this is a very clever book. On one level you know it's about animals on a farm and the hierarchy on that farm. Beneath it's so much more and you can analyse it for ever. How to explain some of the most difficult topics in the most simple and effective way - this book does that and more. Only a very skilled writer can do that.
Going into this story, I knew the gist of it, and after reading the first chapter, I know it was going to be a quick read. I know why they read it in year 8 - it is such a simple political allegory to follow! However, the simplicity of the text is not to be criticized, because it actually highlights Orwell's genius! To be able to so concisely write about revolution (with particular reference to the Soviet revolution) and yet make it comprehensible to people of varying reading age/ability, backgrounds, and education is remarkable. This is a story with a point - a warning - about particular aspects of revolution, totalitarianism and fascism, and yet both a 10 year old and a 60 year old can get message through the same enjoyment. Like the book or not, it should be recognized for that great feat at least.
I did enjoy it, a lot. The accompanying appendixes were also interesting - an insight into what Orwell thought about the censorship of his novella at the early stages of publication, and about literary censorship in general - as well as an interesting personal foreword that Orwell wrote for editions for displaced Ukrainians living in camps in Germany.
The introduction by Malcolm Bradbury and the Notes on a Text by Peter Davison were both interesting insights to the reception of the novel, as well as some of the author's thoughts and commentary about the text. Well worth a read, though I chose to read it afterwards because there were a couple of spoilers.
Overall, really good, and I will certainly read more Orwell in the future. It turns out I really did miss out all those years ago!
I have been trying to contact Amazon regarding this but they 'hit a snag with chat' and 'Click2Call isn't available right now'. What happened to the option of sending them an email? Amazon are generally quite reliable, so I am disappointed that there is no way of contacting them.
Reading it as an adult is quite depressing. Nothing changes. Good intentions always get shafted by the machine. But at least now our daughter has a few seeds planted in her head to let her know that the big wide world of politics may not be as boring as she first imagined.
Who knows, in a few years time I may try and read her 1984, or at least get her to read it. But not yet. Room 101 can wait...