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Which Classic Book Are You?… 
1st-Feb-2002 07:21 am

Which Classic Book Are You?
Book: George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Synopsis: Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full. The animals' Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, or kill a fellow four-footed creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power.
Excerpt: 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.
Amazon: Animal Farm
Which Classic Book Are You?

1st-Feb-2002 04:29 am (UTC)
boo hisss
1st-Feb-2002 04:58 am (UTC) - Re:
Better Animal Farm than 1984
1st-Feb-2002 05:25 am (UTC)
yes not the most charming of books.

animal farm being one of my faves, 1984 -well lets just say im still getting over all the hype about 1984 in 1984...
1st-Feb-2002 06:38 am (UTC) - Re:
*lol* I remember all to well...
1st-Feb-2002 08:49 am (UTC)
wasnt it terrible? i was in the 7th grade... and have been traumatized ever since..
1st-Feb-2002 01:01 pm (UTC) - Re:
Well yeah, but on the bright side, it got those of us who had never heard of Orwell before to read him...I think that's about the time I first read _Animal Farm_. I remember thinking, oh my, that's what symbolism is.
4th-Feb-2002 10:04 pm (UTC)
i first read animal farm as a fairy tale. every year i reread it and enjoy it even more. and orwell, yues,. one of my idols.
5th-Feb-2002 01:13 am (UTC) - Re:
Orwell...great mind, great prose.
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