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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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If you are a young person today, and have not read these books; my first question is why? If you want to understand a lot more about our political situation, read them both. Pay particular attention to "doublespeak" and "face crime". On a more detailed note, when I first read these books back in the early 70's, the "face crime" thing seemed a little far fetched back then. The technology just wasn't there yet. A few months ago, I was reading about a new technology that will enable computers to examine facial expressions via camera. The computers will pick up what it thinks is a look of nervousness or stress in an individual, and alert the all watching eyes. The first people to use this tech, will likely be the TSA. Wonder why you are being pulled out of the line for further questioning? You may have committed a face crime. Bone chilling.
A must read for every citizen on the planet.
Despite the characters being depicted as animals, which gives a lighter and more entertaining character to the story, the underlying message is very serious, and should be required reading for overly idealistic college students who are prime targets for socialist indoctrination. The analogy is obvious, and at this time in the United States, it is frightening.
Encourage people to read this book, especially Liberals who think their socialistic ideals are something new, and are actually workable. They have no idea of how many times, and how miserably, socialism has failed, and always ends up turning into a ruthless totalitarian government, where, as they say, "Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others."
It would be wonderful to hear the Pope and Vladimir Putin discuss this issue at length. My money is no Vlad too.
I also find it very interesting that between 1945 and 1955 several of these types of books were written. 'Fahrenheit 451', 'The Lord of the Flies', 'A Brave New World' and I believe '1984'. None of them turn out well either. But I think 'Animal Farm' stands alone in its pure gloom.