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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (24 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141182709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182704
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (789 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since its publication in 1946, George Orwell's fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong has been recognized as a classic of modern political satire. Fuelled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing--both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full. The animals' Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed or kill a fellow four-footed creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. "We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of the farm depend on us. Day and night, we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." While this swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, cynically editing the Seven Commandments to excuse their violence and greed, the common animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than in the days when humans ran the farm. Satire Animal Farm may be, but it's a stony reader who remains unmoved when the stalwart workhorse, Boxer, having given his all to his comrades, is sold to the glue factory to buy booze for the pigs. Orwell's view of Communism is bleak indeed, but given the history of the Russian people since 1917, his pessimism has an air of prophecy. --Joyce Thompson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Absolutely first-rate...comparable to Voltaire and Swift."

""Animal Farm" remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history." -Malcolm Bradbury
"As lucid as glass and quite as sharp...["Animal Farm"] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift." -"Atlantic Monthly"
"A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times." -"New York Times
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"Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift." -Edmund Wilson, "The New Yorker"
"Orwell's satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written." -"San Francisco Chronicle"
"The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years." -Ruth Rendell
With an Introduction by Julian Symons

"Animal Farm" remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history. Malcolm Bradbury
As lucid as glass and quite as sharp ["Animal Farm"] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift. "Atlantic Monthly"
A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times. "New York Times
"
Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift. Edmund Wilson, "The New Yorker"
Orwell s satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written. "San Francisco Chronicle"
The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years. Ruth Rendell
With an Introduction by Julian Symons"

Animal Farm remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history. Malcolm Bradbury
As lucid as glass and quite as sharp [Animal Farm] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift. Atlantic Monthly
A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times. New York Times

Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift. Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
Orwell s satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written. San Francisco Chronicle
The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years. Ruth Rendell
With an Introduction by Julian Symons" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Since its publication in 1946 Animal Farm has been hailed as one of the most influential pieces of fictional political writing in the twentieth century, an accolade that the novel thoroughly deserves. The first time I read it was as an A Level student studying the Russian Revolution. I was amazed at how simply but effectively Orwell delivered such a powerful message. In a career spanning many brilliant works, including Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Road To Wigan Pier and Coming Up For Air, this is quite simply one of his best. The book centres around the themes of revolution and how communist ideals of justice and equality give way to totalitarianism. Using a farm and its inhabitants to represent the places and main characters of the time, it tells the story of the Russian Bolshevik revolution. Orwell explores the evils of power, money, propaganda and terror to bring us a shocking tale of greed and tyranny.
The story revolves around a group of mistreated farm animals who fight for control of their home. The farm's prize pig, Old Major, insights revolution when he tells all the animals of a dream he had about how "the Earth will be when Man has vanished." The animals confront their exploitative human owners and force them out of Manor Farm. They then set up their own society renaming it "Animal Farm". A new set of laws they are to abide by is then decided on and these are written as seven commandments, the most important being that "all animals are equal." Unfortunately this commandment is the first to go when Old Major dies and the intelligent Pigs take over. The new leaders succumb to the temptations that power provides and become dictators of the farm.
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This is a fable or childrens story conceived by George Orwell when he saw a small boy driving a large horse along a road, Orwell felt that if the horse could only comprehend that it was more powerful than the boy it would do its own thing instead of his bidding.

On Animal Farm is the story of how different farm yard animals unite following an enlightenment about their fate and oppression. The animals agree to an egalitarian and "share and share alike" constitution by which to govern their new arrangements while defending themselves from the expelled farmer's attempts to re-establish the old ways of doing business.

The constitution is inscribed for all to see with "All Animals Are Equal" leading the list, slowly as the farm yards pigs rise to assume the position of leaders they abandon each of these value statements, radically revising them to justify a return to the old ways of doing business which characterised the original farmer who they threw out.

Like his other books Orwell was disappointed in his own lifetime with how the books where received and interpreted, of Animal Farm which he described as a "simple fable" Orwell stated if its simple message about betrayal where not understood then the book had been a failure.

This is an important point because Orwell had dedicated his energies to making political writing an art form (consider Penguin Great Ideas : Why I Write). In his time, and since, Animal Farm has been seen as a devastating criticism of egalitarianism, flawed values and even of the very hopes and optimism which give rise to change of government, particularly by revolution, like a cynical or conservative text book.
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When I learned about what Animal Farm was about, I was curious - satire of the Russian Revolution, and its aftermath, sounded interesting, but could it actually work? Yes. And it's brilliant.

Animal Farm is an extremely well written novella that's frankly hard to put down, and it feels way too short; when it did end, even though I was expecting it, it remained a sad surprise because I simply wanted more.

I recommend researching the 20th century history of Russia before reading this so you can appreciate it more, but frankly I recommend this to everyone; it's not a typical book, but it's very very brilliant.
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What is there to say that hasnt been said a thousand times before? Its a great book, thought provoking, a must read for all kids, and for all adults too even if they read it as a child. Definitely a classic that every home should have, and every school should include in its syllabus. My kids have just read it at the ages of 9 and 13, and I would hope they would pick it up again in their later years, as they are too young to fully benefit from it at the moment. The underlying message of the book - that society comprises of the elite who make the laws and are above the laws, and the common folk who are subject to the full force of the law (often unjustly and at the whim of the elite) - is a truth that has never changed and is still applicable today. Anyone today who thinks they live in a fair and democratic society in the civilised Western world has been duped and is living in a fool's paradise. "They" have really done a number on you, and you dont even know it. For such people, perhaps ignorance is bliss, because knowledge requires leaving your comfort zone, and most people are not brave enough to do that.
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