What do you think about this book?
Also, do you like this cover or which one do you prefer?
Honestly, it's a pretty good read, but you get exactly what you'd expect. More so if your know the slightest bit about communism.
I wouldn't exactly call it prolific in the same way as 1984, but it the same sort of feel. Just tamed down a bit, as I think it was written to teach new generations the dangers of communism from early childhood
You're right, I wasn't taking into account the context of the story.
I recently listened to a lecture in which someone used the 'more equal than other' aphorism to describe a political situation, and I thought it was pretty dumb, hence my quick reaction to criticize the sentence in the story.
It is a nice cover, personally i think that the other covers are cringe-tier except for that one and this I'm posting.
I've practically never seen a good animal farm cover. Pic related is OKAY though, imo
I have this one, which is pretty nice.
I get that the red covers symbolise communism, but give it a break, right?
>the revolution of the animals
>they managed to fuck up the title
My favorite passage from it
>As Clover looked down the hillside her eyes filled with tears. If she could have spoken her thoughts, it would have been to say that this was not what they had aimed at when they had set themselves years ago to work for the overthrow of the human race. These scenes of terror and slaughter were not what they had looked forward to on that night when old Major first stirred them to rebellion. If she herself had had any picture of the future, it had been of a society of animals set free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak, as she had protected the lost brood of ducklings with her foreleg on the night of Major’s speech. Instead — she did not know why — they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes. There was no thought of rebellion or disobedience in her mind. She knew that, even as things were, they were far better off than they had been in the days of Jones, and that before all else it was needful to prevent the return of the human beings. Whatever happened she would remain faithful, work hard, carry out the orders that were given to her, and accept the leadership of Napoleon. But still, it was not for this that she and all the other animals had hoped and toiled. It was not for this that they had built the windmill and faced the bullets of Jones’s gun. Such were her thoughts, though she lacked the words to express them.
>At last, feeling this to be in some way a substitute for the words she was unable to find, she began to sing ‘Beasts of England’. The other animals sitting round her took it up, and they sang it three times over — very tunefully, but slowly and mournfully, in a way they had never sung it before.
I literally know someone who claims to be a communist but that people must prove that they need rights. when I heard him say this I replied "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others", he then agreed with me not realizing that I was quoting animal farm.
I prefer 1984, although I think it's not fair to compare them because Animal Farm seems to be a draft, or an intentionally simplified version of the idea in the former.
The farm analogy works well though. It sort of reduces the whole political situation in Russia to the point where you pity the people who believed that communism would work as well as it sounds on paper.
Honestly, I think it sucked, was way too predictable and boring. The underlying message is bigoted, disguising itself as a show, not tell book, but it's really just highly opinionated garbage. I'm discouraged to ever pick up 1984 because of this book.
>When a commie reads Animal Farm
>go to school with guy named Joe
>Joe really likes researching sharks and dinosaurs and shit
>generally pretty uninterested in school
>he's the type of guy to neglect homework to build a rocket or a sparkler bomb or something like that
>he tells me one day that he read animal farm
>i'm pretty surprised, never imagined him reading a book outside of school
>i say 'oh man, cool, what did you think?'
>'yeah, it was alright, and pigs are pretty smart but: do you think that could really happen? Like i just dunno if its realistic that's all'
Honestly, how does one go about leaving high school without a superiority complex?
At least it keeps the political meaning, in Spanish it's fucking "Rebelión en la granja" (Rebellion in the farm).
It is, actually. "Animal Farm" is supposed to sound subtly redundant, something like "People's Republic", but if Portugues is something like Spanish, then it would not translate that easily; you could have it be "La Granja Animal" which would be the most literal but meaningless, or "La Granja de los Animales" which would miss the word play but keep the political meaning and sound pretty weird.
Orwell was a socialist who liked Trotsky and sympathized with anarchists. I wish more people realized that this book was a satire of Marxism-Leninism, not communism as a whole.
I actually read this after 1984, and they're essentially the same book. Depressing as fuck, but not as soul-destroying as 1984.
I actually love that cover. The edition I have has a different, more 'minimalistic' cover but again, it's in Spanish. I did see a Spanish edition which used the cover in the OP, but the translation was atrocious. Same goes for 1984; the edition with the ugliest cover had arguably the best translation.