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Animal Farm: 1984 Hardcover – June 1, 2003
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BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.
WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.
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PRAISE FOR ANIMAL FARM
"A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable." -- The New York Times
"Absolutely first-rate . . . comparable to Voltaire and Swift." -- The New Yorker
"There are no replacements for a George Orwell, just as there are no replacements for a Bernard Shaw or a Mark Twain. . . . he pricked, provoked and badgered lazy minds, delighted those who enjoyed watching an orginal intelligence at work." -- Time
PRAISE FOR 1984
"1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present." -- Lionel Trilling 1949
"The most solid, the most brilliant, thing George Orwell has done." -- V.S. Pritchett
- Grade level : 9 and up
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0151010269
- ISBN-13 : 978-0151010264
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.43 x 5.9 x 1.36 inches
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st edition (June 1, 2003)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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History has shown us that each time a kingdom is overthrown, if we’re not careful, something worse takes its place. If could only learn the lesson by reading a book rather than burning down our own cities, life would be a lot better.
I have started 1984 and will comment More later.
As for the physical properties of the book, there was some kind of stain on the page edges but you can not see it unless the book is closed.
I first read the book in high school and was looking for a book to read to my children. I began reading Animal Farm to my elementary school children, and while this version is a little over their heads, they enjoyed it and got the essence of the story. Further, we all are able to enjoy the story, reading this version of the book.
Squealer, the Spin Doctor, a necessary part of any manipulative game (check many of the "experts" on TV who spin stories to coerce the masses)
Napolean, the brilliant dictator who knew how to play the political game. He had just the right grasp on the shortcomings of his followers - and a brute force of dogs - to understand just how to manipulate them
Snowball: A brilliant visionary whose inability to play the political game caused his efforts to go to nought
The "lower" animals who could not remember even their own past enough to challenge the lies (look at how gullible people are now, even with information readily available for all to see!)
Benjamin: the one that was perfectly aware but came off as eccentric to the other animals because he did not follow the hype
Mollie, who had a comfortable enough place in the old regime so could not come to terms with the suffering of the new (in the context of slavery, she was the house slave)
Great book. I also strongly recommend 1984
And this edition doesn't seem do have a chapter index or contents page. Why? It's very strange, especially for something like this, not only you'd like to easily find chapters but also when one book ends and the other begins.
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A quick read, a must for everyone!
It is very well written and easy to follow. An interesting story with a number of interpretations!
Definitely worth reading if, like me, you did not study it at school.
A much longer read, but also good. Very readable and interesting.
Esse livro é realmente muito bom, não me adentrarei na explicação das respectivas tramas porque essas são mais do que conhecidas pela maioria, então vou focar na análise física do livro e da minha experiência de leitura. Considerando as histórias presentes aqui é certo que essa compra foi um ótimo investimento, pois além de ser um livro que contém as duas mais importantes e famosas obras de George Orwell, há uma pequena introdução muito interessante para iniciar a leitura. O texto está escrito no idioma original, o que evita eventuais erros ou desvios de tradução, é uma linda edição de capa dura que possui uma jacket para proteger a capa da poeira ou de arranhões, também possui páginas amareladas e o texto está muito bem formatado para não prejudicar a leitura. Se receber os cuidados corretos e for bem armazenado certamente irá durar por muitos anos. Eu costumo ter certo receio em comprar livros de editoras das quais não conheço a qualidade do material e a edição de seus trabalhos, mas tendo hoje esse livro em mãos eu percebo que esse foi um receio desnecessário, a Houghton Mifflin se tornou uma das minhas editoras queridinhas e sempre vou dar preferência às suas edições. Quanto a obra em si eu facilmente digo que tenho adorado ler Orwell e não sinto nenhuma dificuldade com a sua escrita. Entretanto essas são obras que durante e após a leitura, nos fazem refletir muito nas temáticas abordadas, eu acredito a cada releitura será possível entender um pouco melhor os detalhes, assim como as releituras comumente fazem, por isso também eu acho válido ter esse livro na estante. Podem compra-lo que eu aposto que irão gostar desta compra!