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Posted December 11, 2000
Ha sido una gran experiencia haber leido este libro pues a pesar que fue escrito antes de que el regimen de Fidel Castro en Cuba tomara el poder, el libro describe con exactitud lo que acontece en la Cuba castrista. Este libro es una obra maestra.
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Posted November 14, 2013
When I first heard of The Animal Farm, it was a banned book. My father borrowed it secretly from a friend, and I lent it to a friend in similar fashion. I didn’t read it until many years later when living in the U.S. I could freely buy a copy and I suddenly understood why the book was banned. I’ve read The Animal Farm again and again over the years and I find it poignant, bittersweet, right on target and just plain genius. I wish I could write that way!
At first glance The Animal Farm is just a fable describing how “absolute power corrupts absolutely”, but it’s so much more. The Animal Farm is a political satire that not only describes a specific political system, in this case socialism or communism, but can be extended to totalitarianism since the salient features of the former are definitely present in the latter regardless of the side of the spectrum the government is from.
I find The Animal Farm genius because it starts with a dream, always a dream, that devolves into corruption and power struggles at the top, the exploitation of the masses, and finally the vitriolic disappointment and the realization that you spent your life fighting for a utopia, and describing that process in the way George Orwell did in 1945, which is the date of the first edition of The Animal Farm is simply transcendent; that’s being a visionary because the dream finally exploded forty four years later.
For people who live in democratic countries The Animal Farm is a cautionary tale whereas for those who live under oppression it is their very existence become a satire.