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George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens: Animal Farm (2021, Penguin Random House)

English language

Published April 20, 2021 by Penguin Random House.

ISBN:
978-1-4735-8158-6
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4 stars (242 reviews)

Animal Farm is a brilliant political satire and a powerful and affecting story of revolutions and idealism, power and corruption. 'All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.' Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges..

171 editions

Brilliant

5 stars

The Brexit vote and Trump's election a couple of years ago sent Orwell's books, particularly 1984, rocketing back up the bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. With those two years of hindsight, I think that Animal Farm might be the more accurate analogy for the current British situation at least and, despite writing about a very different historical time, Orwell is scarily prescient! People really don't change!

Animal Farm tells the story of a farmyard's descent into authoritarian horror after its animals decide to Take Back Control of themselves and their land. The intelligent pigs set themselves up as leaders, inventing inspiring slogans to appeal to the daftest of the other animals - a ploy which is so successful that any attempt at rational discussion of the finer points of policy is frequently drowned out by a deafening sheep chorus of Brexit Means Exit 'Four legs good, Two …

A book that hits a little too close to home in our present day reality.

5 stars

I've been meaning to read Animal Farm by George Orwell for a couple years and finally sat down and gave it the attention it deserved. Animal Farm is a book I think everyone should read at least once, because there are so many lessons in this book that are valuable and worth reflecting on as our world is rapidly changing.

My biggest message taken away from this book that I'd really like to share, is remember who you are, and don’t be afraid to stand up for truth, for freedom, and for what’s right. Speak up, even if your voice shakes, because once freedom is gone, it is not so easily regained.

Have you read Animal Farm by George Orwell? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

See my review of Animal Farm here: thecozy.cat/blog/animal-farm-by-george-orwell-book-review

Pigs should be more public-spirited, I've heard.

3 stars

I was never required to read this at any point, so I kind of... avoided reading it until I realised I probably should (which was around the time that I learned that TS Eliot rejected it because the pigs were too Trotskyite (and that they should be more public-spirited).

It was quite enjoyable, but it's so easy to see exactly where it developed from. It definitely is incredibly well-crafted, but I don't think it's meant for those who've not had much of an education in WWII and Stalin. For those people, it'd be confusing to not really have the background necessary; this is often the problem that I have with some of the literature teachers I've met who toss it in their syllabus (and then forget they need to discuss these elements in order for their students to appropriately understand it, as if the history can be neglected -- these …

Review of 'Animal Farm by George Orwell Illustrated' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

George Orwell had a sad impression of life and people! Of course, the pigs represent the kind of people that most of us try NOT to emulate represent, similarly to the dogs. My older sister read Animal Farm _in high school, but I never did, nor did I read _1984, but I have since read most of that one, and the parallels are unmistakable. If it weren't for our current president, I would say that the world represented is not the world in which I live, but I don't know now! I hope that the US does improve after two months, but we'll see, and that's my political stance of the day; I'll shut up now…

Review of 'Rebelión en la granja' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Entiendo todas las críticas sobre lo reaccionario de esta obra... pero Eric es colega y a él se le permite. Es fácil subestimar el talento que tiene al tejer las diferentes analogías sin que le quede macarrónico. Con muchas ganas de leer su Homenaje a Catalunya (y su visión del anti-estalismo de Barcelona que inspirará Rebelión en la Granja) y su 'redención' El camino a Wigan Pier y de la biografía de Bernard Crick. Me gustan mucho las imperfecciones y contradicciones del autor, de su herencia católica (la culpa, la redención) y de su tardía madurez política.

Review of 'Animal Farm' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

‘Animal Farm’ is truly an interesting story; we all know what the story represents but George Orwell portrayed communists Russia in World War II really well. The book was short and I was able to read it in one day, almost in one sitting. I think we could spend a long time discussing which animal represents which Russian and working out which battle was The Battle of the Cowshed or The Battle of the Windmill. I did especially enjoy the flag (The Horn and Hoof Flag reminiscent of the hammer and sickle), Squealer (propaganda pig) and Moses the Raven (the Russian Orthodox Church). It is definitely one of those books you need to read at least once in your lifetime. I think I enjoyed it more than ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’.

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