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Animal farm: A Fairy Story Mass Market Paperback – Standard Edition, April 6, 2004
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“Animal Farm remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history.”—Malcolm Bradbury
“As lucid as glass and quite as sharp…[Animal Farm] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift.”—Atlantic Monthly
“A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times.”—The New York Times
“Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift.”—Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
“Orwell’s satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years.”—Ruth Rendell
About the Author
George Orwell (pseudonym for Eric Blair [1903-50]) was born in Bengal and educated at Eton; after service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living penning novels and essays. He was essentially a political writer who focused his attention on his own times, a man of intense feelings and intense hates. An opponent of totalitarianism, he served in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. Besides his classic Animal Farm, his works include a novel based on his experiences as a colonial policeman, Burmese Days, two firsthand studies of poverty, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier, an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia; and the extraordinary novel of political prophecy whose title became part of our language, 1984.
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past maybe we wouldn't share Boxer's fate again and again. But regarding the modern pigs it seems that they red the book quite carefully and made their lessons well.
This book should be obligatory reading for ALL our children, all over the world. Make them read this when they are young (15-16), then make them read it again when they are older (19 or so). I know I will.
If Mr. Orwell was still alive, I believe he would have paid with his own money to have this book distributed among some "progressist" governments of the 21st century. His vision and accurate description of the process by which some "animals" become "more equal" than others is just perfect for 2014, just as it was in 1945.
I will certainly ask some people if they see themselves as either dogs, sheep, or the clever pigs. Though I'm quite sure, some of them will undoubtedly see themselves as the industrious, heroic, and hard working labour horse Boxer.
Go read this book. This is truly a MUST in today's global political scenario.