Animal Farm

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In 1943, there was an urgent need for Animal Farm. The Soviet Union had become Britain's ally in the war against Nazi Germany, and criticism of Stalin's brutal regime was either censored or discouraged. In any case, many intellectuals on the left still celebrated the Soviet Union, claiming that the terrors of its show trials, summary executions and secret police were either exaggerated or necessary. But, to Orwell, Stalin was always a "disgusting murderer" and he wanted to remind people of this fact in a powerful and ...

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Amber

Nov 17, 2020

Great Book

I think this is one that everyone needs to read at some point in their lives. It is such a powerful perspective on society that still applies today. I definitely recommend it.

Elizabeth

Nov 8, 2020

A classic that holds up well to today

I remembered very little of this from reading it as a young teen, and I was surprised to find that I sort of enjoyed it. I tend to find classics pretty overrated, outdated, and not diverse enough, but I think that this one holds up pretty decently, in a world where "All Men are Created Equal" [but some are more equal than others]. It's also a pretty quick read, so if you want to dip your toes into the classics, this might be a good place to start.

Amy J

Apr 11, 2014

Classic Read

I've read this book before but get to be exposed to it again while our daughter reads it for a class. It arrived for her in very good condition. The book is a reminder to its readers of how easily people can be duped by an idealistic sounding speaker and that it is most important to truly think about the consequences of one's choices personally and to a group. How easy it is want someone or some entity to contribute to one's welfare without realizing the cost of giving up personal responsibility for oneself to a governing entity.

Jeclimie

Jul 21, 2011

Beautiful language but not the best fiction

I am very fond of George Orwell but Animal Farm didn't seem quite as good as others. The language was, as always, wonderful but the plot didn't particularly appeal to me; this is despite the clear parallels with Soviet Russia and the vivid descriptions of the animals on 'Animal Farm'. Nonetheless, it was a short and pleasant read.

Cupertino

Aug 28, 2010

True Today

Orwell's disappointment with Stalinist Russia resulted in a fine book, one that I will use with my junior high class.

To quote a former president, "The government isn't the solution to our problems, it is the problem."

If you want a classic allegory that is as timely as ever, "Animal Farm" should be read or reread today.

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