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1984 and Animal Farm

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1984

Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world in which privacy does not exist, news is manufactured according to the authorities' will, and those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death. Orwell's 1949 nightmare vision of the world we were becoming is still the great modern classic of negative Utopia.

Animal Farm

In this satire of the Russian Revolution, Mano

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Audio Cassette, 200 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audio Inc. (first published 1950)
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Maria Stancheva
Jan 17, 2014 Maria Stancheva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
За "1984"
Отдавна не съм давала 5 звезди на чисто художествена литература, но книгата е прекрасна.
Започнах я с доза скептицизъм, тъй като очаквах да не ми хареса, точно защото е хвалена отвсякъде, а аз съм се научила да имам едно наум за такива книги.
Каква беше моята изненада, когато установих, че книгата е умна,с кратки изречения,носещи максимален ефект и гениален подбор на думи. Думите, те правят красотата на тази книга. Авторът ги използва като инструменти, като една дума на едно място може
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Mariel
Oct 18, 2011 Mariel added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: m.d.
Recommended to Mariel by: witches saw the future
Celebrity Death Match tournament versus Macbeth.
In a galaxy that's this one and today only most people don't realize it because it scrolls on the screen in teeny tiny neon green letters with a sterile surgical instrumental backdrop. Or CNN. Once upon a time that's today. There was a MAN and a Big Brother and they were one and the same. What about the sisters?
"You could be big brother, you know. People always ask who the MAN is supposed to be. You're a man, aren't you? Although it has been some t
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Taymara Jagmohan
I have finished only Animal Farm, and this book is most certainly a single chapter of good, gracious continental life. It's wonderful. I did read this paragon when I was 13, and now I have grown, but this book remained my personified retinue. It's beautiful.

Animal Farm is based on the tropics of hard-working animals, governed by the tyranny stimulated by (Napolean and Snowball) -
I cannot give an explanation or a review for this book, because it is too graceful. It makes you feel the need to eat
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Chad Warner
May 14, 2009 Chad Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
These are Orwell's most famous books. Both are dystopian tales of the dangers of a totalitarian government.

Similarities between the books:
The government knows best.
The intelligentsia seize power.
The naive proletariat are oppressed and kept ignorant.
The government bends or breaks its own rules for its benefit.
The government uses propaganda to keep the proletariat in check.
The government rewrites history to prove that it's correct and that life is better with the government than it was before the
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kian
Sep 12, 2015 kian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
باكسر از حرف ت جلوتر نرفت. با سم بزرگش روي خاك الف ب پ ت را رسم ميكرد و بعد با گوش خوابيده به حروف خيره ميشد،گاهي كاكلش را تكان ميداد و با تمام نيرو سعي ميكرد حروف بعدي را به خاطر آورد ولي توفيق نمييافت.چند بار ج چ ح خ را هم ياد گرفت ولي هربار كه آنها را بهياد داشت متوجه ميشد كه الف و ب و پ و ت را فراموش كرده است.بالاخره مصمم شد كه به همان چهار حرف اول قناعت كند..... ساير حيوانات مزرعه از حرف الف جلوتر نرفتند و همچنين كاشف به عمل آمد كه حيوانات كودن،مانند گوسفندان،مرغان و اردكها قادر به از بر كر ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Feb 02, 2015 Farnoosh Brock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
You Must Read Animal Farm. That's the brief version of my review.

Eric Arthur Blair, or George Orwell as the world knows him, is a genius at describing fear, terror, doubt, uncertainty, mischief, evil, and hopelessness. The writing is beyond exquisite, even if the topic is morose. Such a loss to the world that Mr. Orwell died when he was just 46 years old. The unwritten works that he never wrote, the works that would have enriched our world and weren't meant to be. In Animal Farm, much like 1984,
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Markus Molina
Jun 09, 2012 Markus Molina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love 1984, I love Animal Farm, and I love George Orwell. There is so much wisdom and depth to these two stories and there is so much that has been written or said about them, it would be a struggle to review them without subconsciously regurgitating all the good things I've heard. I just feel like both of these stories, and especially 1984 should be read by everyone. I believe it helps you appreciate what you got and to question everything you hear. I believe they are some of the most thought ...more
Dylan McIntosh
Mar 15, 2010 Dylan McIntosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Animal Farm once a decade. It is a quick read that constantly reminds me that I need to keep the blinders off and not take everything for granted.

I have a strange desire for bacon for some reason.
Kara
Apr 06, 2017 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two of my favorite books! Meant to re-read 1984 with the student book club, but it got away from me. 1984 was one of my favorite required high school reads my senior year, and I LOVE to teach Animal Farm!
Maria Lasprilla
Jul 10, 2016 Maria Lasprilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aninal Farm was entertaining until I kept on finding the similarities with Venezuela. It was like the history of the last 15-20 years of the country told in the form of a fable and written decades earlier.

1984: this was worse than watching a horror movie (which I hate) because while in a movie I'm always aware it's fiction, the book kept on confusing me making me feel I was actually going through a factual piece. Only specific elements got me out of it. The biggest impressions happened while re
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Cindy
Animal Farm is reviewed here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

1984 - a terrifying look into the future that seems more possible with each passing day. The writing still stands up, and though 1984 is long in the past, and we still aren't quite living the the horrid oligarchy of Engsoc - we have traveled too far down the path for comfort. I'm pinning my hopes on the proletariat, and hoping I'm not wrong.
Jongalt
Feb 26, 2009 Jongalt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its quite unique how he portrays his characters as animals. And its often hilarious. But once again...hes a socialist...this is what he wants...why does he trash it here but fight for it in real life? But I have to thank him just like I did for 1984 for making a great book explaining the pitfalls of socialism.

Overall:
Storyline is funny yet serious.
You hate pigs more after your done.
You realize that George Orwell is a hypocrite.
Read it and feel great we aren't to this point...yet.
Melody
Jun 09, 2013 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I have finally read 1984. It just took me a few years to pick it up. My rating is leaning more toward 3.5 more than 3.

I enjoyed the book. I really don't know how to express my feelings about it yet. But I did enjoyed it.
Leonard
Sep 01, 2015 Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin

In Animal Farm George Orwell reenacted the Russian Revolution and its aftermath, Major, Napoleon, Snowball, Jones, and Frederick incarnating Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Tsar Nicolas II and Hitler. But through the fable, Orwell critiques not only communism but also any corruption of power, leaders highlighting real or imagined threats to instill fear in followers and solidify power.

Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky

As often repeated through
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Shaun
Jan 16, 2013 Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection contains two of Orwell's greatest works that most certainly complement each other and are thus worth reading together. Yet because I wrote a separate review for Animal Farm, I will stick to 1984 in this review.

Not only can Orwell write with the best of them, but his philosophical and intellectual insights are notable. A story about one man's ultimately futile resistance against a powerful and totalitarian regime, 1984 illustrates how absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I think wh
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Sruthi
Nov 10, 2016 Sruthi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: schooling
"Animal Farm" tells the simple and tragic story of what happens when the oppressed farm animals rebel, drive out Mr. Jones, the farmer, and attempt to rule the farm themselves, on an equal basis. What the animals seem to have aimed at was a utopian sort of communism, where each would work according to his capacity, respecting the needs of others. The venture failed, and "Animal Farm" ended up being a dictatorship of pigs, who were the brightest, and most idle of the animals. Napoleon literally b ...more
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Jun 25, 2015 Տիրան rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Շատ լավն էր դրսից նայողի համար, բայց մակերեսային՝ ներսից տեսնողի համար, իմ կարծիքով:
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Marks54
Feb 06, 2017 Marks54 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a reread for me on both of these books. I don't know why I pressed myself to finish this on Super Bowl Sunday, but it seemed appropriate this year. I have read both several times and read 1984 at the start of high school, well before the date of Orwell's major classic. It was interesting to look at these books again after many years and under current conditions. I will focus on 1984. Animal Farm was always good as a satire of the Russian Revolution eating itself and the main effect rema ...more
Pavel Kolev
Mar 07, 2017 Pavel Kolev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well don't finish the book before going to bed - that's for sure. Overall I did not expect that kind of story. Some of the events in the book will require more thinking to figure out why exactly were they in the book. And now i can see why the phrase "1984 supposed to be a warning not a guide" is so famous.
Larry Bassett
What was George Orwell saying to his readers of the eighty-four pages of Animal Farm in 1945?
The animals huddled about Clover, not speaking. The knoll where they were lying gave them a wide prospect across the countryside. Most of Animal Farm was within their view – the long pasture stretching down to the main road, the hayfield, the spinney, the drinking pool, the ploughed fields where the young wheat was thick and green, and the red roofs of the farm buildings with the smoke curling from the
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Kat
Mar 08, 2017 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2017
I had read this years ago in school and I remember being incredibly unimpressed. It is amazing what several dozen years can do to change your perspective. The book is filled with powerful allegories and is surprisingly relevant today.
Hillary
Mar 01, 2008 Hillary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amy Chase
I was a bit disappointed when I started reading the book because it was boring.But the more I read ,I got into this book because of its humor and politics.

Animal Farm is a book about animals rebelling against their owner,Mr Jones,in the Manor farm.However,when the animal's leader,pigs, kick Jones out of the picture,they became the master of other animals and they became greedy and selfish.When the pigs became the master they changed the farm name ,tried to imitate human beings,they tried to walk
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Marie-Claude
Mar 07, 2015 Marie-Claude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had read parts of those two books, but I don't remember having ever read either from cover to cover. I don't know why exactly I never felt like reading them before. Most probably because they have become classics to the extent where one cannot help but knowing way too much about the books before even having opened them once.

The ending left me discouraged though. It seems hopeless. It's a fiction, but I'm not sure that reality isn't as disappointing as his imagined world, when it comes to peopl
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Ahmad
Feb 04, 2015 Ahmad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ِAs if George Orwell was telling the story of Egypt after few years from now.
Kendra Bryant
Apr 04, 2017 Kendra Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So sinister, yet sadly true. Animal Farm is an allegorical and dystopian novel that is thought-provoking. I read this book in my first year of high school, but of course it is better understood in its' entirety in adulthood and being able to see the story for what it truly is and fully understand what Orwell is trying to convey to his readers.

Captioned 'a fairy story', Animal Farm is anything but that. Sick and tired of maltreatment under their enslavement from man, the animals of Manor Farm re
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Francois Burger
Mar 31, 2017 Francois Burger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Fantastic books, a must read.
Adam
Aug 30, 2015 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If anyone reads anything by Orwell, they read this.

These two works are really the culmination of a short but prolific publishing career for Orwell, who produced a great volume of journalism over a decade and a half in the 1930s and 1940s. In that time, he watched as Europe buckle between the twin forces of Nazi fascism and Soviet Communism. Because the Nazis were the enemy of Britain and the USSR was the tenuous ally, however, criticism of Soviet tactics and practices was highly discouraged. Thu
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Jolanda
That was Animal Farm and 1984. Long overdue. Like most things I read the book has been on the shelve for ages. Most come and go and are entertaining enough but leave little lasting impact. I fear that, especially with 1984, that these stories will be with me forever.
1984, where to start? It is one of the cruellest novels I have read in a long time. You know as soon as the work starts that it is not going to end well. Hell, it is the entire basic premises of the story that it is not going to end
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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.

In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperia
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“In that case the current orthodoxy happens to be challenged, and so the principle of free speech lapses. Now, when one demands liberty of speech and of the press, one is not demanding absolute liberty. There always must be, or at any rate there always will be, some degree of censorship, so long as organised societies endure. But freedom, as Rosa Luxembourg [sic] said, is ‘freedom for the other fellow’. The same principle is contained in the famous words of Voltaire: ‘I detest what you say; I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ If the intellectual liberty which without a doubt has been one of the distinguishing marks of western civilisation means anything at all, it means that everyone shall have the right to say and to print what he believes to be the truth, provided only that it does not harm the rest of the community in some quite unmistakable way.” 13 likes
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