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July 2018: Dystopian > Animal Farm by George Orwell 4 stars

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message 1: by Yvonne (new)

Yvonne | 89 comments A classic that I had never read, I liked how the story used the animal farm to show the falsehoods of communist principals and the general tendency for humans to exploit other humans. Not as dystopian as I tend to define dystopian, but definitely glad I chose to read this.


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Sharon Lin | 49 comments I have just finished the book today and I still feel the power of this story. Orwell has written it based on the USSR, but I felt that it can be applied to other socialist countries like China and North Korea almost perfectly. The ending was a really accurate picture for today’s China, which is having market economy in a “socialist” system.


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Wow, this takes me back. I have not read this since high school but I do remember loving the story. It is a classic for all times I think. No matter how the world changes this book will be able to describe specific principals and ideals that we can't seem to get away from.


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Yvonne | 89 comments Sharon wrote: "I have just finished the book today and I still feel the power of this story. Orwell has written it based on the USSR, but I felt that it can be applied to other socialist countries like China and ..."

True, Sharon. I was reading A Gentleman in Moscow when I jumped off to read Animal Farm for the dystopian tag, and the overlap was strong between these two books, right down to the use of the pronoun "comrades". I highly recommend it if you haven't read it, as a wonderful story and a great follow-on to Animal Farm.


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Yvonne | 89 comments Rachel wrote: "Wow, this takes me back. I have not read this since high school but I do remember loving the story. It is a classic for all times I think. No matter how the world changes this book will be able to ..."

I agree Rachel. My daughter read it couple years ago in high school and loved it. She had the benefit of analysis and discussion in class, and we had interesting chats as I was reading it.


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Yvonne wrote: "Rachel wrote: "Wow, this takes me back. I have not read this since high school but I do remember loving the story. It is a classic for all times I think. No matter how the world changes this book w..."

Sadly I think this book may always be relevant in a away when you look back through history. Just different circumstances and different discussions.


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Sharon Lin | 49 comments Yvonne wrote: "Sharon wrote: "I have just finished the book today and I still feel the power of this story. Orwell has written it based on the USSR, but I felt that it can be applied to other socialist countries ..."

Haven't read that one, maybe I'll try to read it some times. In fact, I may read 1984 and Hitler and Stalin as a supplement to the book. Somehow, I think the ideas in Animal Farm and 1984 are linked.


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