If you are looking for a great way to get through Animal Farm, you'll want to get this. The reader does an excellent job. The book includes an introduction about why Orwell wrote this book and the type of literature he saw it as.
Reading Orwell's classic in this early half of the 21st century, one might perceive it to be a bygone prophesy of a bygone era. Indeed, its metaphors refer to dynamics of class warfare, nationalism, ideological internationalism, and international politics that were unique to the period in which Orwell was writing, and which he personally experienced in its rawest form. Today, thanks to the thorough discrediting of Darwinist social theory and demise of empires and colonies, nationalism is a low and controllable flame. Thanks in part to their own extreme failures, the great ideologies of the twentieth century (i.e. fascism, communism, anarchism, etc...) have become moot concepts. Finally, now that a democratic country has become world hegemon, thereby eliminating the kind of life or death squabbles that brought the world right near collapse in 1939-1945, or afterward during the Cold War, the metaphors of competition and cooperation between the human farms and the Animal Farm no longer have quite the same relevance.
All that said, we would be mistaken to think that Animal Farm is not still prophetic to this day and age. For one, supremacist thought/ideology does not need scientific theory to justify it, and entire "peoples," however they come to define themselves, always have and will continue to find ways to justify their conquest or enslavement of others. And although the great ideologies are dead for now, class inequities and oppression are perhaps now greater than they have ever been, and it takes precious little peckering to teach a poor man that he deserves better. The modern state will crack again soon, and from its fissures will rise new movements of workers and oppressed. And finally, the United States is most certainly in decline vis-a-vis the various rising regional powers of the world, all of which justifiably feel threatened by US power and will consequently do what they can, when they can, to diminish it further. Furthermore, democracy is rarely a priority amid insecurity. The ultimate result: a return to the sickening conspiracies of power that defined the 20th Century, and which were described so well in a fairy tale about animals on a farm in 1945.
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The government media propaganda on employment, gas prices, the economy, medicine. It's as if they took this story and are using it as a playbook. The ignorance of the people is their demise.
I love the contrast of the sheep and the sheeple today that just repeat the dividing rhetoric. Their decision to or lack of ability to think critically and their dependence on the system allows them to be manipulated to promote their own enslavement.
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Animal Farm is a classic among classics, and Cosham does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.
This is a classic that I read along time ago but reading it today seemed so fitting.
The reading was well done.