avid reader, on my way to avid listener. also an employee at Audible.
Animal Farm, though being an obvious allegory for Stalinist Russia, contains wisdom and symbolism applicable to, perhaps, all societal conditions. There is very little of rich character development here, yet there is something so deeply familiar about this simplified world. Orwell is not afraid of using stereotypes as a means of getting at truth; and I believe that he is successful. His story is not only politically convincing, but it also manages to grip the reader in unexpected ways. I experienced deep sadness and frustration while reading this weird little story about talking animals.
While seemingly silly in content, the story manages also a very dark melancholy from which it never rises. There is no happy ending to Animal Farm. It brings us to a place different in physical description from the opening state of things, and yet so similar in feeling; a feeling mostly dark and discouraging. But there is good here too, and that good is the importance of awareness. The biggest flaw of the animals on Animal Farm seems to be a lack of awareness, and this flaw brings them out of, through, and back to the same state of misery. I don't think Orwell believed that this cycle would ever end; there will always be a Napoleon and the pigs. But there are also always tools available for a fight, and the most important tool is awareness.
All of them
Although the story is about Soviets, it could apply to any present day government.
I will probably listen to this again mostly to remember how many freedoms we enjoy and how precious liberty is. The insights were very thought provoking as well as the ability to relate to the characters.
Absolutely. It is a classic that everyone should read (or listen to). I'm glad I finally did.
Of course, Lord of the Flies and 1984, both of which deal with society and power. And how power inevitably manipulates the (usually largely dimmer-witted) followers in society, to the deliberate benefit of those in power.
Boxer. He represents the simpleminded but industrious masses which the authorities utilize to sustain power for themselves.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
I'm trying to catch up on some classics I missed out on. I loved 1984 and thought I would like this book as well. Not so much. I understand the underlying political and social statements, but I had a hard time with the talking animal aspect.
This is one of the best audio books I have heard. I especially appreciated the reader's rendition of the song "Beasts of England", because a song without a believable tune is much less effective than a catchy ditty that draws the listener into the story.
This is an important story for our time and easy for even young readers to grasp.
When the pigs walked out of the house on two legs.
When the animals kicked the farmer out of the farm house and successfully took over all the farm work themselves.
My reaction was resolve and determination to not let my cause go the same route.
The symbolism of it all is better then i remember from school.
Must have been when the working house passed. The pigs new they were in trouble. And the horrible act they did then do what was right for the horse is kind of like today.
the conclution is off. maybe come up with a down fall for the pigs. in communism it is meant to main government is ment to fall.
For those who are into politics or have read this book in school re-reading it as an adult is even better when you can see more of the double meaning.
Everyone should read this book. I am not sure what age for kids. It could be too scary if they are too young.
40 years in radio. Free speech... don't ever let anyone take it away from us. The Theatre of the mind is beautiful.
Our government today?
all animals are NOT created equal
The pigs started walking on 2 legs. 4 legs good...2 legs bad
With what is happening in Washington DC...is this happening today?
The introduction is invaluable. After listening to this recording, a modern teenager will be able to understand what Orwell was trying to get at. An adult will still need to explain the book in todays context.