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Animal Farm by George Orwell

My English class is beginning to read Animal Farm by George Orwell. Usually, when we begin to read something inside that class, our teacher creates a powerpoint in order for her students to understand why and how the stories were created. I was definitely very intrigued when I learned Orwell's real name is Eric Blair and that he was a radical Socialist. I was also very interested how he lived in poverty by choice due to feeling guilt for being a British Soldier for a country in turmoil. I've read 1984 and that is actually one of my favorite books that I've ever read! Anyways, I actually wanted to ask what everyone thought of this book if you've read it. I've only gotten past the first chapter due to my ghastly lack of time and so far I definitely do want to read more! I've noticed quite blatantly how much Animal Farm relates to the Bolshevik Revolution (I do know he did write about it. I just didn't realize how genuine and obvious his satire is). It is really interesting how they plotted against Mr. Jones and made vital points about how they were actually more useful than their leader. Unfortunately, I read the first sentence of the second chapter describing how poor Old Major passed away three days later. :c I am anticipating to dive deeper into this book! What is everyone else's thoughts on it?

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I really enjoyed Animal Farm. I first read it a while ago, but it's so short and to the point, I go back to it fairly often. I liked how it compared complex politics to the structure of a farm. It makes it easier to relate to.

 

Also, next time you read 1984, try reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley immediately afterwards. It's really fascinating to compare the two.

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My family's had the old animated movie for as long as i can remember, It's remained one of my favorites, even if i don't watch movies anymore. I read the book online a few years ago and have to read it again in school later on. I was able to skip some parts though, since the animated movie pretty much was a gist of the important parts and everything else became useless filler. It was the closest adaptation i know of, the only difference being the a large amount of characters being toned down a bit, Old Major's death being from a sudden heart attack rather than peacefully in the night (no it isn't a spoiler, it's literally way in the beginning.) And few other things. I recommend giving it a watch if you ever have time. Finding it on YouTube isn't hard.

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My English just started it so I haven't read much yet but I enjoy it so far.

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I buzzed through the book a few years ago in school, and only really became interested in the book towards the end. It's definitely an intriguing book, and one I love. Also mesmerizing to see how well the author portrayed the true meaning in the book.

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It's a very good analogy to the USSR, the windmill later on being a direct reference to multiple '5 year plans'.

 

The final sentence of that book is something I will always remember as well.

 

Also I'm sure you already know this but for others who may not the reason Orwell started to hate communism so much was because of the Spanish civil war which he fought in,the reds were also involved but to him it seemed that they spent more time trying to weed out the 'wrong' types of communists than fighting facism

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I really liked the book, it's a good analogy, but flawed in that it is a rather large strawman fallacy. I would keep that in mind as you read it, try and connect certain significant events in that book to the development of communism, but try and find the bits that were over-simplified or exaggerated for the sake of making an argument against the implementation of communist ideals. It's tricky, but doable, especially if you think about what all caused the pigs to rise to power, and any parallels between that and the USSR.

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I read it quite a while ago and I remember that I did enjoy it. It give a good example of how power corrupts.

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I enjoy the book very much, but covering it in school tends to kill the mood of books for me >-> I would've liked to have met Orwell, he seems an interesting guy, and given the motivation, I too, would probably be a radical socialist. The movie of it, that I watched when I was 10, killed my soul a little, especially Boxer's death. Poor bby only wanted to contribute. UnU

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It's decent. Not as engaging as some of the similar books that I have read, but it is great debate fuel.

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