truth be told

‘The fairy-story that succeeds is in fact not a work of fiction at all; or at least no more than, say, the opening chapters of Genesis.  It is a transcription of a view of life into terms of highly simplified symbols; and when it succeeds in its literary purpose, it leaves us with a deep indefinable feeling of truth …’

C.M. Woodhouse, 1954 introduction to George Orwell’s Animal Farm

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