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Animal Farm (General Press) Paperback – 1 January 2017
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About the Author
Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell (1903–1950), was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialism.
In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a police officer with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922-1927 and fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1937. He was severely wounded when he was shot through his throat.
Orwell and his wife were accused of 'Rabid Trotskyism' and tried in absentia in Barcelona, along with other leaders of the POUM, in 1938. However by then they had escaped from Spain and returned to England.
Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC. In 1943, he became literary editor of the Tribune, a weekly left-wing magazine. He was a prolific polemical journalist, article writer, literary critic, reviewer, poet and writer of fiction and considered perhaps the twentieth century's best chronicler of English culture.
Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949) and the satirical novella Animal Farm (1945)—they have together sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author. His 1938 book Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, together with numerous essays on politics, literature, language and culture, are widely acclaimed. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of 'The 50 greatest British writers since 1945'.
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- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9380914709
- ISBN-13 : 978-9380914701
- Dimensions : 19.7 x 13.3 x 0.7 cm
- Publisher : General Press; First edition (1 January 2017)
- Item Weight : 130 g
- Language: : English
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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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.