Happy Chinese New Year!

… Not that I will be doing anything particularly special to celebrate, since I’m no longer in China, but I thought I could share some more-or-less-related bookish things with you all. 🙂 Today begins the year of the sheep (or goat, depending on your translation), which (according to this website, at least) will be a year for getting my way (I’m a snake, in case you were wondering). Other websites say various different things, but I’m an optimist, so I live in hope. 😉

But anyway, here are a couple of interesting literary sheep:

Animal Farm - sheep

The sheep in the 1954 animation of Animal Farm.

The flock of sheep in Animal Farm are probably the closest George Orwell comes to comic relief in this book – simple-minded, propaganda-spreading creatures that they are. Their chorus of “Four legs good; two legs bad” always comes at the most appropriate moments, and they are Napoleon’s most dedicated followers (except for the dogs).

Hiro as a sheep

Hiro in his sheep form.

On a slightly different note, there’s Hiro Sohma in the Fruits Basket series by Natsuki Takaya. Actually, the whole of Fruits Basket draws heavily from the eastern zodiac story for inspiration, and all the animals are represented… but the sheep is Hiro, a sarcastic 12-year-old boy who has a gigantic crush on Kisa (the tiger), and is often trying to pick a fight with the main character Tohru (who Kisa idolises).

… And in case you need some more sheep in your life, I give you this song by Mawkin:Causley about a particularly unfortunate sheepdog…

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