Animal Farm and 1984

Animal Farm and 1984


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This edition features George Orwell's best known novels – 1984 and Animal Farm – with an introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind.  Winston Smith joins a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

Animal Farm is Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution -- an account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. But are they?

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ISBN-13: 9780151010264
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/01/2003
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 20,226
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

George Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of many works of nonfiction and fiction, including Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, A Clergyman's Daughter, Coming Up for Air, and Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

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MR. JONES, OF THE Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes. With the ring of light from his lantern dancing from side to side, he lurched across the yard, kicked off his boots at the back door, drew himself a last glass of beer from the barrel in the scullery, and made his way up to bed, where Mrs. Jones was already snoring.

As soon as the light in the bedroom went out there was a stirring and a fluttering all through the farm buildings. Word had gone round during the day that old Major, the prize Middle White boar, had had a strange dream on the previous night and wished to communicate it to the other animals. It had been agreed that they should all meet in the big barn as soon as Mr. Jones was safely out of the way. Old Major (so he was always called, though the name under which he had been exhibited was Willingdon Beauty) was so highly regarded on the farm that everyone was quite ready to lose an hour's sleep in order to hear what he had to say.

At one end of the big barn, on a sort of raised platform, Major was already ensconced on his bed of straw, under a lantern which hung from a beam. He was twelve years old and had lately grown rather stout, but he was still a majestic-looking pig, with a wise and benevolent appearance in spite of the fact that his tushes had never been cut. Before long the other animals began to arrive and make themselves comfortable after their different fashions. First came the three dogs, Bluebell, Jessie, and Pincher, and then the pigs, who settled down in the straw immediately in front of the platform. The hens perched themselves on the windowsills, the pigeons fluttered up to the rafters, the sheep and cows lay down behind the pigs and began to chew the cud. The two cart-horses, Boxer and Clover, came in together, walking very slowly and setting down their vast hairy hoofs with great care lest there should be some small animal concealed in the straw. Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal. Boxer was an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as any two ordinary horses put together. A white stripe down his nose gave him a somewhat stupid appearance, and in fact he was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work. After the horses came Muriel, the white goat, and Benjamin, the donkey. Benjamin was the oldest animal on the farm, and the worst tempered. He seldom talked, and when he did, it was usually to make some cynical remark-for instance, he would say that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner have had no tail and no flies. Alone among the animals on the farm he never laughed. If asked why, he would say that he saw nothing to laugh at. Nevertheless, without openly admitting it, he was devoted to Boxer; the two of them usually spent their Sundays together in the small paddock beyond the orchard, grazing side by side and never speaking.

The two horses had just lain down when a brood of ducklings, which had lost their mother, filed into the barn, cheeping feebly and wandering from side to side to find some place where they would not be trodden on. Clover made a sort of wall round them with her great foreleg, and the ducklings nestled down inside it and promptly fell asleep. At the last moment Mollie, the foolish, pretty white mare who drew Mr. Jones's trap, came mincing daintily in, chewing at a lump of sugar. She took a place near the front and began flirting her white mane, hoping to draw attention to the red ribbons it was plaited with. Last of all came the cat, who looked round, as usual, for the warmest place, and finally squeezed herself in between Boxer and Clover; there she purred contentedly throughout Major's speech without listening to a word of what he was saying.

All the animals were now present except Moses, the tame raven, who slept on a perch behind the back door. When Major saw that they had all made themselves comfortable and were waiting attentively, he cleared his throat and began:

"Comrades, you have heard already about the strange dream that I had last night. But I will come to the dream later. I have something else to say first. I do not think, comrades, that I shall be with you for many months longer, and before I die, I feel it my duty to pass on to you such wisdom as I have acquired. I have had a long life, I have had much time for thought as I lay alone in my stall, and I think I may say that I understand the nature of life on this earth as well as any animal now living. It is about this that I wish to speak to you.

"Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short. We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength; and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty. No animal in England knows the meaning of happiness or leisure after he is a year old. No animal in England is free. The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth.

"But is this simply part of the order of nature? Is it because this land of ours is so poor that it cannot afford a decent life to those who dwell upon it? No, comrades, a thousand times no! The soil of England is fertile, its climate is good, it is capable of affording food in abundance to an enormously greater number of animals than now inhabit it. This single farm of ours would support a dozen horses, twenty cows, hundreds of sheep-and all of them living in a comfort and a dignity that are now almost beyond our imagining. Why then do we continue in this miserable condition? Because nearly the whole of the produce of our labour is stolen from us by human beings. There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word-Man. Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever.

"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself. Our labour tills the soil, our dung fertilises it, and yet there is not one of us that owns more than his bare skin. You cows that I see before me, how many thousands of gallons of milk have you given during this last year? And what has happened to that milk which should have been breeding up sturdy calves? Every drop of it has gone down the throats of our enemies. And you hens, how many eggs have you laid in this last year, and how many of those eggs ever hatched into chickens? The rest have all gone to market to bring in money for Jones and his men. And you, Clover, where are those four foals you bore, who should have been the support and pleasure of your old age? Each was sold at a year old-you will never see one of them again. In return for your four confinements and all your labour in the fields, what have you ever had except your bare rations and a stall?

"And even the miserable lives we lead are not allowed to reach their natural span. For myself I do not grumble, for I am one of the lucky ones. I am twelve years old and have had over four hundred children. Such is the natural life of a pig. But no animal escapes the cruel knife in the end. You young porkers who are sitting in front of me, every one of you will scream your lives out at the block within a year. To that horror we all must come-cows, pigs, hens, sheep, everyone. Even the horses and the dogs have no better fate. You, Boxer, the very day that those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will sell you to the knacker, who will cut your throat and boil you down for the foxhounds. As for the dogs, when they grow old and toothless, Jones ties a brick round their necks and drowns them in the nearest pond.

"Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings? Only get rid of Man, and the produce of our labour would be our own. Almost overnight we could become rich and free. What then must we do? Why, work night and day, body and soul, for the overthrow of the human race! That is my message to you, comrades: Rebellion! I do not know when that Rebellion will come, it might be in a week or in a hundred years, but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done. Fix your eyes on that, comrades, throughout the short remainder of your lives! And above all, pass on this message of mine to those who come after you, so that future generations shall carry on the struggle until it is victorious.

"And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray. Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. It is all lies. Man serves the interests of no creature except himself. And among us animals let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle. All men are enemies. All animals are comrades."

At this moment there was a tremendous uproar. While Major was speaking four large rats had crept out of their holes and were sitting on their hindquarters, listening to him. The dogs had suddenly caught sight of them, and it was only by a swift dash for their holes that the rats saved their lives. Major raised his trotter for silence.

"Comrades," he said, "here is a point that must be settled. The wild creatures, such as rats and rabbits-are they our friends or our enemies? Let us put it to the vote. I propose this question to the meeting: Are rats comrades?"

The vote was taken at once, and it was agreed by an overwhelming majority that rats were comrades. There were only four dissentients, the three dogs and the cat, who was afterwards discovered to have voted on both sides. Major continued:

"I have little more to say. I merely repeat, remember always your duty of enmity towards Man and all his ways. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. And remember also that in fighting against Man, we must not come to resemble him. Even when you have conquered him, do not adopt his vices. No animal must ever live in a house, or sleep in a bed, or wear clothes, or drink alcohol, or smoke tobacco, or touch money, or engage in trade. All the habits of Man are evil. And, above all, no animal must ever tyrannise over his own kind. Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers. No animal must ever kill any other animal. All animals are equal.

"And now, comrades, I will tell you about my dream of last night. I cannot describe that dream to you. It was a dream of the earth as it will be when Man has vanished. But it reminded me of something that I had long forgotten. Many years ago, when I was a little pig, my mother and the other sows used to sing an old song of which they knew only the tune and the first three words. I had known that tune in my infancy, but it had long since passed out of my mind. Last night, however, it came back to me in my dream. And what is more, the words of the song also came back-words, I am certain, which were sung by the animals of long ago and have been lost to memory for generations. I will sing you that song now, comrades. I am old and my voice is hoarse, but when I have taught you the tune, you can sing it better for yourselves. It is called 'Beasts of England.'"

Old Major cleared his throat and began to sing. As he had said, his voice was hoarse, but he sang well enough, and it was a stirring tune, something between "Clementine" and "La Cucaracha." The words ran

Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland,

Beasts of every land and clime,

Hearken to my joyful tidings

Of the golden future time.

Soon or late the day is coming,

Tyrant Man shall be o'erthrown,

And the fruitful fields of England

Shall be trod by beasts alone.

Rings shall vanish from our noses,

And the harness from our back,

Bit and spur shall rust forever,

Cruel whips no more shall crack.

Riches more than mind can picture,

Wheat and barley, oats and hay,

Clover, beans, and mangel-wurzels

Shall be ours upon that day.

Bright will shine the fields of England,

Purer shall its waters be,

Sweeter yet shall blow its breezes

On the day that sets us free.

For that day we all must labour,

Though we die before it break;

Cows and horses, geese and turkeys,

All must toil for freedom's sake.

Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland,

Beasts of every land and clime,

Hearken well and spread my tidings

Of the golden future time.

The singing of this song threw the animals into the wildest excitement. Almost before Major had reached the end, they had begun singing it for themselves. Even the stupidest of them had already picked up the tune and a few of the words, and as for the clever ones, such as the pigs and dogs, they had the entire song by heart within a few minutes. And then, after a few preliminary tries, the whole farm burst out into "Beasts of England" in tremendous unison. The cows lowed it, the dogs whined it, the sheep bleated it, the horses whinnied it, the ducks quacked it. They were so delighted with the song that they ang it right through five times in succession, and might have continued singing it all night if they had not been interrupted.

Unfortunately, the uproar awoke Mr. Jones, who sprang out of bed, feeling sure that there was a fox in the yard. He seized the gun which always stood in a corner of his bedroom, and let fly a charge of number 6 shot into the darkness. The pellets buried themselves in the wall of the barn and the meeting broke up hurriedly. Everyone fled to his own sleeping place. The birds jumped on to their perches, the animals settled down in the straw, and the whole farm was asleep in a moment.

Introduction copyright © 2003 by Christopher Hitchens

"Animal Farm" copyright 1945 by Harcourt, Inc.
and renewed 1973 by Sonia Orwell
"1984" copyright 1949 by Harcourt, Inc.
and renewed 1977 by Sonia Brownell Orwell

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Animal Farm and 1984 (Centennial Editions) boxed Set 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
the_empress More than 1 year ago
These are good, classic books, and I liked the idea of getting them both at once. Unfortunately, this eBook version contains an unacceptable number of typos. I give it 3 stars for the novels but 0.5 stars for this version.
Alleycat13 More than 1 year ago
Wow, if anything is closest to a prediction of where the world is headed this is it! Its so cram packed with psychological themes that most people are afraid to even approach that its a Psychologist/Philosopher's dream. Its very good for opening ones eyes to the world around you and seeing where we can end up if we stand idly by. I recommend this to anyone who has the intellect to understand and appreciate good literature ^_^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Animal Farm was a lot better of a book then what I expected when I had to read it. While many may think its just about crazy animals or human stupidity they are wrong in the highest sense. The plot of Animal Farm is truly exceptional and is actually drawn from real world happenings, specifically the fall of the Soviet Union. In the beginning of Animal Farm, the animals hold a secret meeting after their drunken owner Mr.Jones goes to bed. This meeting is spearheaded by Old Major, an old boar and leader of the animals, whom is on the brink of death. Old Major tells the other animals of a vision he has had, where animals roam free to do whatever the want with out the influence of human beings. The morning right after Old Majors speech he dies, which is a wake up call to the animals, especially two young boars, Snowball and Napoleon. Together along with the other animals they work to make Old Majors dream in to a reality. Compared to many of the other books I have read this one stands out by far. One reason for this is the integration of real life events and happenings, which in this case is the fall of Soviet Russia, by combining it into a more easily understandable story that still conveys the message of the events. Also George Orwell's ability to take real people such as Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler and real events like world war two and the fall of the Soviet Union and transform them in to an animal and an event in the story. This book can grasp your interest very quickly and keep it until the end, by the events that unfold and the unexpected twists and turns that are an essential part of the book. This is a quality in a book that I have not seen in a long time. If a book isn't interesting then most people will quickly put it down and not bother to read on, but Animal Farm steals your attention right away and holds on to it right through the end of the novel. So if your looking for an interesting read, that combines some of the most notable events in history into a more understandable form then Animal Farm is the book for you. Read it and I promise you will be more than glad you did. This book is a ten on my chart!
WilliamLewisMedlockWM More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Orwelll's fable Animal Farm, was historical in telling the story of the Russian Revolution and the development of the Soviet communism to socialism. George Orwell's fable can fit any government nation whether it is Capitalist, Socialist, Fascist, or Communist. The animals discussed, were characters for concern in a political power against or in favor of oppression. Though out history, we still live in HAVE vs HAVE NOT societies. The ultimate power and abuse of logic and language to control other still survives, -William Medlock
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the fact that this book can be read on many different levels. So many hidden meanings and plots, it gets you thinking! I love it!
Jason5700 More than 1 year ago
Animal Farm Book Review By: Jason Saldivar Animal Farm was written by George Orwell and published in 1945. This literally piece is great for readers that wonder why the world is runned by certain people. Animal Farm has battles and talking animals which can be interesting for some readers. If you are a reader that loves talking animals and battles then this is the literally piece for you. One of the battles in Animal Farm was The Battle of Cowshed. In this battle the farm animals try to defend their farm from being taken over by the humans. This literary piece is mostly about the animals on the farm trying to be their own leaders instead of the humans. Unlike some literary pieces Animal Farm has a hidden meaning to it. The hidden meaning in Animal Farm made me think outside of the book and why things are the way they are. One of the main characters in this literary piece is Napoleon. Napoleon is a farm pigs that loses his mind with all the power that he has gained on the farm. One of the themes in Animal Farm is equality. If you read this book you will soon realize why this is one of the themes in the book. Animal Farm is a great book that reminds people why leaders are the way they are.
Franny_Banks More than 1 year ago
This is an AWESOME book!! I love how the author based the characters on real life people. I recommend  this book for all ages because it is such an easy read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard of 1984 but never read it. It is a great book about totalitarianism and state control. It details the natural evolution of the Nazi party if it had been allowed to continue. Very thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I do not wish to comment on the work; if it does not speak for itself, it is a failure." The words of Eric Arthur Blair, the writer commonly known by his pen name, George Orwell. They are excerpted from his preface to the Ukrainian translation of what is probably one of his most broadly familiar works, the little book entitled Animal Farm. To review this work I will discuss, briefly, the plot, general nature and purpose of the work and, before concluding, some aspects of the book that I considered noteworthy. The story takes place on an English farm called, at the beginning, "Manor Farm." There, events unfold which change "Manor Farm" into "Animal Farm." I found the plot straightforward. A pig, an old and respected resident of Manor Farm has a dream. He gathers the farm's residents, farmer excepted , to discuss his vision. Once the animals are gathered he expounds the plight of animals. He tells explains to them that they are slaves, their only enemy is Man, that Manor Farm's animals must rebel to be free, that the message and goals must spread to all animals in England. The animals are pledged to regard each other as equals and fight as one the common enemy. Through circumstance unimagined a battle ensues. The animals win. Manor Farm, and a new society where, in their own words, "All animals are equal," is born. The animals of Animal Farm immediately set themselves about the work managing a farm, and do so better than men ever had. There is happiness and dignity, estates none of them have enjoyed previously. But, there is trouble. It starts quickly, originates with the natural leaders and the most clever animals on the farm, and escalates throughout the remainder of the work until the last where some animals discover themselves subject to a new truth. The novel is an easy read, with a fairly simple vocabulary, and clearly defined characters who are spelled out as if written in large, black, block letters. The book is, as described by Eric Blair's proposed subtitle (which was dropped before publication) "a fairy story." It is allegorical political drama populated by characters that represent real persons, or classes of people who where contemporary to the writing, in other words the book describes real historical events. Lessons can be drawn from the work, therefore it could also be regarded as a parable. It is also, I think, primarily, reporting. Eric Blair was using a simple story to reach a broad audience, and he was doing so for a purpose, to inform, and enlighten. We don't have to guess what circumstance he wished to relay information about because he states it in the afore mentioned preface to the Ukrainian translation. Using, again, his own words, "... it was of the utmost importance to me that people in western Europe should see the Soviet regime for what it really was." Blair tells us both the inspiration and, the reason for his novel, as well as where we might go in the 1940's to match human faces, collective, or individual, to his animal characters. I thought the novel had some particularly noteworthy features. In this work, Blair did not portray an idealized allegorical world. For instance, there are clearly antagonists, but no clear protagonists and the characters that are sympathetic figures are imperfect. They often miss the mark, and often misunderstand the progression of events in their world. In some ways they contribute to the cause of the antagonists - characters who are clearly not operating in anything but self-interest. In a particularly pronounced case of this, one of the most loyal members of the society becomes incapacitated by injury. The individual, being an animal, is sold to slaughter, a fact that most deduce. Later, when the "facts" are explained by those in leadership, all are relieved to find out the "truth"; their loyal comrade passed valiantly with care in the hospital. They, in effect, believe what they are told. In another instance, a member of the newly minted ruling class is caught in the very act altering a written constitution. The witnesses cannot understand what it means to find someone fallen at the bottom a ladder with a can of paint and a brush at a wall where common statutes are written. Blair showcases throughout the book what can happen when a populace fails to maintain it's critical faculties, and doesn't believe what it sees with it's own eyes. It's brilliant commentary on the kinds of things that are done to maintain political advantage and loyalty by manipulation, as well as an example of corresponding mechanisms of self censure and the will to be convinced that all is well against evidence. Here, too, the parabolic nature of the work can be seen. Blair is telling us what happened to them, and we should understand that it could happen to us. The book is filled with corollaries to the political intrigues of the system, and personages he is taking to task, and lessons for those who have a mind to learn from the events unveiled. The frankness of description, even regarding those Blair likely supports, lends credence to the idea that the allegory is not only a form of report, but a particularly honest one. Blair is not afraid to show characters, even sympathetic ones, as they are versus how he may wish them to be. Eric Blair's book Animal Farm is a noteworthy read. It is a stand alone story, with it's roots in real history and lessons that transcend the events of that history, lessons that are applicable to any people at any time and in any place were political processes and human will's are actively vying for power. It is populated by imperfect but sympathetic good characters, and accomplished bad ones. It is a warning to those whose hopes are tied to this world and the belief that, should we all try very hard to make society perfect, our efforts will reward us with success. It is a witness to what happens when we misdiagnose the root causes of our discontents in life, and a testimony to the end of pursuing a cure on the basis of a bad diagnosis. It's universal and timeless nature puts it in a class of works that have earned recognition as classics. It can be read over, and over again, without exhausting the lessons it contains. It is a book for our times, to be read by anyone who cares to have a better understanding of the world in which we carry out our lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truely enjoy this book ;AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sorrybutno More than 1 year ago
Both Animal Farm and 1984 are well written and engaging. Inspired by cold-war USSR, Orwell uses this context to create worlds were animals and humans persist. I read both stories while in high school and each was compelling to my teenage mind. Many years later, it was very interesting to see how both stories affected me differently today, as I've matured, am in a relationship, and a member of the middle working class. However the message remained the same, never stop from continuing forward. If you love to challenger your thinking and need a perspective or literary change of pace, you'll love Animal Farm and 1984. 2+2=4
RichardMcKitten More than 1 year ago
Animal Farm was the only book I have read so far. Animal Farm is a great book. Its characters are cleverly simple. It has an excellent point, and a fun writing style to go with it. Overall it is a must read... If you didn't somehow read it in middle school.
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Richard43 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Something the revolution brings forth new types of crooks. If people don't pay attention to what their elected leaders are doing once they are elected, then like some of the characters in the book they will be looking on the outside at people on the inside having a good time at their expense. flag
TheBentley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to confess that I never read either of these classics before (although my mother did read Animal Farm to me when I was a child). All in all, I find Animal Farm to be fantastic because it's so simple. In fact, most children can understand it--even on its deepest level--maybe not the specific historical allusions, but then, what's really important isn't that it happened in Russia, but that it could happen anywhere--and I had no trouble at around 8, understanding what the pigs were up to and why. I find 1984, for all its accolades, to be the weaker of the two. The first half or so is fantastic, but then the book lapses into pedantry for far too long, having killed much of its dramatic momentum before the wheels start turning again. Of course, it hurts the modern reader somewhat that we know what's going to happen--even if you've never seen the movie or had the ending spoiled (as I hadn't). In 1949, Orwell hadn't been exposed to as much Holocaust narrative as we have. For the modern reader, it's horrible, but not surprising. All in all, 1984 is a great book, but Brave New World seems to have emerged as the better predictor of the totalitarianism of the future (or the present, as the case may be). It Can't Happen Here is a better cautionary tale, and Atlas Shrugged is more inspirational. If the future path of psychological torture is what interests you most, you might be better off with A Clockwork Orange or even One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. That said, those are comparisons that everyone should get to make for himself--and that everyone should make. You actually should read them all--including 1984--while you still can.
VictoriaF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book Animal Farm takes you to a setting of struggle and wanting to be better. The book overall was ok but not that great, it may be that I am at the age of 15 and do not understand the certain things in life that they talk about. I do know that you must read the book carfully so that you can fully understand what is going on and who is doing what and why. This story could be good if it was written in the time of now, but it was not. The story could have been better, but i think that what made it some what bad was how slow the book went. Yet if you like books that deal with a time of history and has a ton of conflicts, then this is a story for you.
Sumayyahabdulla More than 1 year ago
1984: George Orwell was a seer, or at least he appears to be so. The parallels are astounding to the age of today when the Party gains power and uses all factions of media to mold the thinking of its citizenry. "Speech Crime", "Thought Crime", are punishable by death, histories of major and minor events are continuously rewritten to serve the Party. Will Smith works for the "Ministry of Truth" and we find our protagonist well adept at his job rewriting captions for photos, changing a line here and there of past news stories. It's a society where it's almost impossible to keep a secret; your motives are constantly under scrutiny if you don't show up for "The week of hate", or if you aren't a member of this club or that club. Children are encouraged to be in a young spies club and turn in their parents if they don't adhere to the proper protocols. Privacy is a forbidden thing, there is simply no such thing and if you are out of view of a telescreen for any length of time, then even that is suspect. The story begins when he enters his room and out of the telescreens view he begins to write in an old blank diary just a few sentences. Will Smith has just defied the Party. He writes a diary, he purchases antique remnants of the forgotten past, he forms an illicit romance, and he starts trying to remember and question what is real. He knows that if he is caught, he will be tortured and ultimately ‘vaporised’, but once he has started he cannot stop. These small gestures of self-expression—thoughtcrimes, his world calls them - are addictive, and Winston desperately searches for any hint that organised rebellion against the Party is possible. He longs to exist, not as a mindless drone, but as an individual. Will he survive his rebellion? Will Big Brother (The Party) be one step ahead of him? As he begins an affair with a woman who belongs to an "Anti Sex League" he rolls the dice as he explores his human needs, to connect with another person on a deeper level where privacy is a crime in itself. I think Orwell is warning us that when the Government gets too powerful it will regulate supply/demand, thought/media, time/history, thought/action, even sex/love. 1984 is not only a classic of dystopian fiction, but one of the most influential works of fiction ever written.
arsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Animal Farm: Does this plot line sound familiar? Read the book. Read it.1984: A classic. Scared me to death. Every American should read both of these books.
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This is an important book that should be required reading for every person that wishes to maintain the freedoms they hold dear. You will see the motives of those who wish to control the intellectual and political landscape contained within.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book.
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lrotman More than 1 year ago
Animal Farm is a must read in my opinion. Just the way it is written makes the characters come to life. I love how slowly throughout the book the author makes the pigs more and more powerful, how they start to change rules little by little. Not only is this book well written, but the main idea is just really very interesting. After reading this book it makes me wonder if farm animals actually hate humans. Animal Farm is honestly an amazing book. It is only about 140 pages so it can be read pretty fast. I love this book and would totally recommend it to a friend or family member.
jesse13709 More than 1 year ago
The book Animal Farm written George Orwell is about animals that live on a farm who think that their owners don't treat them well or that they don't feel appreciated enough. Main characters in this book that make the book interesting are Snowball, Napoleon, boxer, and mr jones. The thing that is so special about each and every one of these characters is that they all represent a real life historical figure. Animal Farm is an amazing literary piece that not also is loved by many high school students in the 9th grade curriculum but also teachers and adults who fully understand every reference the book throws at them. A theme that this book contains is that not everyone can be trusted with power or leadership no matter who they are or how they act because power can change people in many ways and bring out the real person inside of them. Animal Farm which is also a satire that mocks real life historical figures and is a lot like other books in the 9th grade curriculum such as to Kill A Mockingbird or Bless Me Ultima because they all teach teenagers something important in life or teaches them a lesson. Over this book is an amazing literary piece that you should read and should be praised a lot more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago