Judul Buku : Animal Farm
Penulis : George Orwell
Penerbit : Longman Malaysia
Tahun : First published 1945, 87 impression 1995
Jumlah Halaman : vi+122
Benjamin felt a nose nuzzling at his shoulder. He looked round. It was Clover. Her old eyes looked dimmer than ever. Without saying anything, she tugged gently at his mane and led him round to the end of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written. For a minute or two they stood gazing at the tarred wall with its white lettering.
“My sight is failing,” she said finally.
“Even when I was young I could not have read what was written there. But it appears to me that wall looks different. Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be, Benjamin?”
For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran “
BUT SOME ARE
The illustration on the cover is reproduced by permission of the Educational Film Centre Ltd
Introduction: George Orwell and Animal Farm
“I write it because there is some lie I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” This was one of Orwell’s major concerns throughout his career as a writer; a second was the way language is twisted and corrupted to tell lies for political purposes, and made into weapon of political control. (p. iii)
… what Orwell regarded as one of the worst sins: intelligence which refuses to take political responsibility. (p. v)
“Liberty is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” (p. vi)
Buku yang sering kali dikaitkan dengan karya Orwell yang lain, yaitu 1984 (cek resensinya), ini kembali membahas sebuah sistem politik pemerintahan. Namun, dalam bentuk fabel yang diberi judul Animal Farm atau peternakan hewan. Beberapa pembaca mengaitkan tokoh babi jantan Old Major sebagai Marx, lalu babi jantan Napoleon sebagai Stalin, dan babi jantan Snowball sebagai Trotsky. Marx adalah filsuf yang dikenal dengan ide komunismenya. Stalin adalah kepala negara Uni Soviet sejak pertengahan 1920s sampai meninggal. Sedangkan Trotsky adalah penerus Lenin juga, tapi diusir oleh Stalin ke luar Uni Soviet. Lanjutkan membaca “[Resensi Buku] Animal Farm”