Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 24 Feb 2000
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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 alternate Paperback edition.
Dare I say it... as good as the book. --Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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One does not need to know much about the Russian Revolution and Stalinism (that Orwell intended the tale to be a commentary about) to enjoy this book, because it could easily be about any totalitarian society or one that has aspirations to make life better for the people. And that's what makes this work such a powerful classic, because Orwell speaks profound truths about human nature and the potential for evil when power is entrusted (through a tale about animals) in the most simple and direct way.
This novel is reasonably short (at just a little more than 100 pages) but by no means lacks impact or emotional meaning. It is simply, but beautifully written and incredibly thought provoking. The usage of the animal and human characters, helps illustrate and translate the deeper political, dictatorial metaphor to a much simpler form. This allows the book to be easily understood and enjoyed by a young audience too.
Finally, as for the product quality, I was very happy with the overall quality of the book as there are no errors or smudges in the print, the cover is made from a durable feeling paper and the text is cleanly presented. I ordered my book on Monday and received it on Thursday with free delivery.
I am very happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend any George Orwell book to any reader out there!
It's a great novel, just choose a different edition.
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Fantastic book. Brilliant cover. I already owned a copy of this book but I simply had to buy this one as well!Published 5 days ago by pooled ink Reviews
An amazing analysis of communism and its short fallings. Poor snowball. BTW socialism has nothing to do with this ladsPublished 6 days ago by Lewis Greatrex
Missed this during school but reading it as an adult. Very very cleverly written. A must read for everyone. You won't be disappointedPublished 6 days ago by Blake
This writing is excellent, the story is quiet good but I think I found it annoying having politician ideas wrapped up in a childhood story, not for me but very well written.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
In this novel Orwell provides a treasure trove of analogy and quotes to describe how power corrupts. Easily as powerful as 1984.Published 7 days ago by David in Hertfordshire