Animal Farm (Warbler Classics Illustrated Edition)

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Warbler Press, May 5, 2022 - 108 pages
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Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures gathers twenty-five stories from Pu Songling's collection of more than four hundred short stories-exquisitely amusing miniatures that are regarded as the pinnacle of classical Chinese fiction. His work departed from the prevailing literary fashion that was dominated by more realistic stories written in the colloquial language. Pu instead wrote his stories in the classical idiom, freely adopting forms and themes from the old "marvel tales" of the Tang and Song dynasties. Although Pu lived and died as an obscure provincial schoolteacher, his work gained fame when it was first printed in 1766, some fifty years after his death, inspiring many imitations and creating a new vogue for classical stories. His tales have not only spawned translations, adaptations, and sequels, but have also inspired world-renowned writers such as Franz Kafka, Lafcadio Hearn, Jorge Luis Borges, and Mo Yan.Pu's tales are populated with ghosts, foxes, immortals, and demons, but he focused on the everyday life of commoners. He used the supernatural and the unexplainable to illustrate his ideas of society and government, to criticize the corruption and injustice in society, and sympathized with the poor. Pu is concerned with four main themes: the skewed feudal system, the corrupt examination system of his day, the love between poor scholars and powerless women, and reforming bad behavior. He embedded Confucian-styled moral standards and Taoist principles into parables but the enduring genius of his writing is that it never fails to entertain even as it aims to enlighten.

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User Review  - sriddell - LibraryThing

Such a classic, there's really no surprises left in the plot. But still, an interesting book to read during the heat of a crazy political season. The audio version I listened to was narrated by Ralph ... Read full review

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User Review  - hipney - LibraryThing

A quick read. Wasn't the amazing book I thought it would be. Have also just read 1984, so they are similar. The saddest part was there wasn't any protest from the animals, but that reflects our society still. We just do what we are told as that is easiest. Read full review

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George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton College for four years. He was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left that position after five years and moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books: Burmese Days and Down and Out in Paris and London. He then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, he served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. After the war, he wrote for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. His best known works are Animal Farm and 1984. His other works include A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, and Coming Up for Air. He died on January 21, 1950 at the age of 46.

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