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Animal Farm

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Re: Animal Farm

Post Number:#61 by Ocean-Pepper
» 22 Nov 2016, 02:42

"Animal Farm" was one of those books that I was "supposed" to read in high school, but never quite did. I ended up taking a college-level course on George Orwell and totally fell in love with his dystopian novels and then went on to writing a major essay on this book. Horrifying, symmetrical, and full of truly meaningful characters, Orwell portrays realistic characters exceedingly well. Doesn't the part with Boxer leaving just pull on your heartstrings?
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Re: Animal Farm

Post Number:#62 by earthheart
» 22 Nov 2016, 04:43

Like 1984, Animal Farm is a book that is so relevant today; especially our abuse of animals in modern society. It forces us to look at the animals as living, breathing entities that are just as capable of experiencing as we are. It really does force us to look inward and ask ourselves what that means to us, how we treat animals in our lives, and whether that attitude needs to change.

It's a brilliant book, as are his other writings; they inspire transformation.
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Re: Animal Farm

Post Number:#63 by Ruxia
» 06 Jan 2017, 02:58

I enjoyed the book and the way it carried across its message. It is short and a fairy easy read for a classic, and I think audiences of all ages and political experience can enjoy reading it. Younger readers (I read it when I was thirteen) can read on just for the plot without having to push themselves to delve into its deeper meanings, and adult readers can gain insight from the ideas it conveys. I love Orwell and all his works. This book would definitely be on my 'recommend list' of classics.
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Re: Animal Farm

Post Number:#64 by Insightsintobooks
» 08 Jan 2017, 18:14

I actually didn't realize this book was about talking animals until I read it. I liked the underlying themes of politics and society. It was a thought provoking read.
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Re: Animal Farm

Post Number:#65 by wagers46
» 14 Jan 2017, 13:34

The way in which the animals represent different groups of people is often overlooked in this book. The reason there are more sheep than any other animal is because most tend to miss what is happening and follow the herd, which is exactly what this book is trying to warn against. If you read this book and don't come away wanting to be an Ass then I believe you've missed the point.
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Re: Animal Farm

Post Number:#66 by Marquhette
» 15 Mar 2017, 02:16

I read this book in school and re read it a while back - the relevance of this book in todays world is mind blowing. Scary how little changes when it comes to looking at the people in power and those lower on the chain. I cried the first time I read about the faithful work horse being killed and it made me sad the second time around as well. And of course in life there will always be sheep that will follow stupidly.
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Re: Animal Farm

Post Number:#67 by TCC Edwards
» 15 Mar 2017, 23:22

This book and 1984 never stop being relevant. Even if you don't know all the historical events referenced in Animal Farm, you can still relate to the rise of a dictator and the yes-men who spread pleasant lies. Orwell was a genius - the patterns he saw in terrible leaders and how they maintain power are only more relevant now than they were in his time.

When my teacher has us read the book in high school, she didn't expect us to know any of the history. She just had us look at the events that lead from "four legs good, two legs bad" to "two legs *better*" and talk about how the animals were conditioned to accept the steps along the way. Thanks to that discussion, it's hard *not* to see how some governments around the world use propaganda to get people to accept bad conditions!
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Re: Animal Farm

Post Number:#68 by Bhavna Aburani
» 20 Mar 2017, 22:17

Interesting book. There's really no other word for it. A brilliant satire on how those in power change with time. Didn't like the end, but then Mr. Orwell gets to choose the ending,not me. A must read for those who are always struggling how to read a book since they don't like to. Story will keep you grappled and will end before you start to get bored ;)
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