Animal Farm revisited

Soon we will celebrate 23 years since December 1989; 23 years of slow and painful awakening to reality, learning that the world I lived in until 1989 was an Animal Farm and sometimes asking myself: was I one of the “fine upstanding beasts” that Orwell writes about? It is noteworthy that in an excellent Romanian version of the book, the Romanian translator has graciously preferred to translate “very stupid” by “discouraging naïveté”.

“There were many more creatures on the farm now, though the increase was

not so great as had been expected in earlier years. Many animals had been

born to whom the Rebellion was only a dim tradition, passed on by word of

mouth, and others had been bought who had never heard mention of such a

thing before their arrival. The farm possessed three horses now besides

Clover. They were fine upstanding beasts, willing workers and good

comrades, but very stupid. None of them proved able to learn the alphabet

beyond the letter B. They accepted everything that they were told about

the Rebellion and the principles of Animalism, especially from Clover, for

whom they had an almost filial respect; but it was doubtful whether they

understood very much of it.”

George Orwell, Animal Farm

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