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Animal Farm by George Orwell
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Jun 15, 08

Recommended for: right-wingers

Turgid and labored, this is a poor book by a great writer. If you want good Orwell, try "1984", try "Down and Out in Paris and London", even try "Coming Up For Air" (though only if you want to be depressed). Don't try this simplistic fairy tale; its only value is as a lesson of what happens when the artist falls too much in love with his own art. This is Orwell's "Of Mice and Men", the moment where he over-reached himself and gave birth to a lump of pure schmaltz which has been humorlessly mis-read by right-wingers ever since it came off the presses. The horses are good.

If you want a really good critique of the Soviet system, try instead Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon".

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