Members of the ‘V2902’ Facebook page gather at Chatuchak Park to read Animal Fam after the book was recommended by Prime Minsiter Prayut Chan-o-cha. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha triggered a storm of debate on Thursday when he recommended that people read George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a novel satirising the brutal former dictator of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin.
The 1945 novel, in which animals are personalised with a pig becoming a leader in a game of power, also alludes to events that led to the Russian Revolution.
Gen Prayut admires the novel’s content which provides “thought-provoking lessons”, deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak said when he unveiled the premier’s book pick on Wednesday.
Politicians and scholars reacted by linking Animal Farm with the post-election scramble for government posts, though Lt Gen…
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Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945. According to Orwell, the fable reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union.Wikipedia
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