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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 April 2017
Other reviews have covered this timeless work with great erudition, so I will simply say if you enjoyed "1984" you will alomst certainly enjoy this earlier work by Orwell. And if you have not read "1984", reading the simpler "Animal Farm" first would make sense. In both books, the deep disapproval of totalitarianism comes through loud and clear. A key difference is that "Animal Farm" uses humour a lot more - and does so very effectively, for example in what must be the most famous line from the book: "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others".
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on 3 June 2017
With the Election coming up, this is the book to read!! (1984 & Huxley's Brave New World would be good too)!! Set on a Farm this is an allegorical tale of how people behave in a society - how the Pigs (who hog everything for themselves) use the natural traits of the other animals to keep them "in their place" using the Dogs, and the trusting nature of the sheep to good effect. "You wouldn't want things to go back to the way they were when the Farmer was in charge, would you?" , "Four legs good, two legs bad" ... Highly recommended Classic!!
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on 1 August 2015
Still one of the most fully realised allegories I have read, and all told in such a clear and succinct manner. In a little more than a hundred pages, Orwell tracks the revolt of a group of animals against the humans on Manor Farm, and their valiant attempt to build a democratic society based on the well-intended seven commandments of Animalism, and the downward spiral that follows when they inevitably fall prey to the corruptible lure of power from within.

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.
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on 16 February 2016
Another great piece of literature by George Orwell. Similar to his later masterpiece '1984', it is a political allegory focusing the narrative on a small farm, who's animals are staging a rebellion against their tyrannical masters. But as Orwell explains brilliantly in this novel in particular, compared to '1984', is how a revolution at first leads to positive change, but when the people don't relieve their leaders from the rebellion of their position, they basically become the new "higher class" or as Orwell puts it merely "changing hands from one slave owner, to the next".

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!
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on 10 March 2017
This is a timeless classic that I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting. The storyline is pertinent today in many work places. Well worth reading.
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on 4 May 2017
Surely no-one ever proofread this version of the novel. It is littered with errors - in some cases, instead of the correct word, there's a word close in sound that you can work out, other times there's just random letters. Some words mid-sentence are capitalised and rogue commas and full stops appear all over the place. It detracts from the enjoyment of reading it.

It's a great novel, just choose a different edition.
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on 17 April 2017
Orwell first created this story as a children story and then left it for several as he could not find a suitable ending. He then finished it and called it the Beast of England. But the publishers did not like it so the called it Animal Farm. Funny as children story it failed but adults stared reading it and soon found it funny and entertaining . It shows that even bad ideas turn out good if you have a good writer.
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on 24 June 2017
Loved this book. Not a lot of reading in it but very very interesting. I don't want to say too much for people who haven't read it yet, but it's fascinating how it STILL remains current and true today. Loved it. If you haven't read it yet, then do, I think you'll be surprised at who the animals remind you of....past and present.
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on 25 September 2016
Very popular novel by an equally popular and informed writer. Also an excellent English GCSE story book, a thought-provoking, politically depicted literature with the characters as humans, animals on a farm hence the name; 'Animal Farm'.
Great read, good buy and excellently packaged. Delivery was super-fast too.
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on 29 March 2017
A cheap reproduction of the novel. There are a fair few typographical errors in the text, e.g. random capitalisation Of words mid way through a sentence and misspelling of in as ih. Just about gets away with a 1 star rating given the price but it is rather irritating as they occur once every dozen or so pages.
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