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July 2018: Dystopian > Animal Farm - George Orwell (5/5)

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message 1: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Lin | 49 comments This is the third time I read this book. As a history student, I was amazed by its great resemblance with the reality. The amazement has only been greater this time, and I have felt greatly sympathised with the animals being ruled and deceived (as what has happening in many autocratic states). Recommended to people who has an interest in socialism and political fables.


message 2: by Joanne (new)

Joanne (joabroda1) | 7478 comments One of my favorites!


message 3: by Karin (new)

Karin | 7004 comments I just loathed this book when I first read it and cannot bring myself to read it again. I might actually like it better now, but it's so hard to bring myself to even think about trying it because I have read so many books about Stalin in fiction and this is one of those.


Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) Well, it's an allegory, a fable. And the themes are universal - there is no particular reference to any particular history.

When I first read, and enjoyed, it, when I was about 12, I had no idea that it was written in context. I probably hadn't even heard of Stalin at the time. I liked it so much that I read it several times over the next few years.

And I read it again just a year or two ago, too, and both admired & loved it even more. Think more Carl Jung & Joseph Campbell, as in the universal unconsciousness, and less Jon Steward, as in skewering current events & celebrities.

It's a true classic, will always be relevant and accessible, not to mention influential.


message 5: by Karin (new)

Karin | 7004 comments Cheryl wrote: "Well, it's an allegory, a fable. And the themes are universal - there is no particular reference to any particular history.

When I first read, and enjoyed, it, when I was about 12, I had no idea t..."


Perhaps, but I remember thinking communism at the time, but that no doubt reflected when I read it.


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