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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Longman Fiction…

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Longman Fiction Adanced Full Text ELT Readers) (original 1945; edition 1996)

by George Orwell

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George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture. Animal farm has been read and reread and quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words. It is an account of the bold struggle that transforms Mr. Jones' Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that bears an insidious familiarity. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others ... Orwell's succinct, frightening words have been heard since 1946 as unsparingly descriptive of the fate of those who suffer totalitarian regimes. This audio edition of the masterpiece reminds us of Orwell's genius.… (more)
Title:Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Longman Fiction Adanced Full Text ELT Readers)
Authors:George Orwell
Info:Longman (1996), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 128 pages
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Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

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    mariamreza: Another great use of allegory.
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  andycyca | Aug 6, 2019 |
I would have given it a 5... but then too much communist beating doesnt mean democracy is any better. But for its time it must have been a mind blowing book. ( )
  Mayank_Jain | Jul 28, 2019 |
This was a short, easy read. It's an allegory as to the human condition, I suppose. Basically, the animals on a farm rebel, throw out the farmer and decide to run the place themselves. At first, they work in community, agreeing that all are equal and all should have an equal say. Your basic theoretical Communist society. But then, a few of the animals, pigs in this case, take over bit by bit, begin putting on airs, begin providing extra privileges for themselves, and so forth.

While some read this as a condemnation of Communism, it's really broader than that. Any time people take unchecked power to themselves, they begin to exploit the rest of society. The lies, and brutality when necessary, that keep most of us under control exist just as much in so-called capitalist societies as in communist ones, in religious societies, even so-called Christian ones, as in secular societies. What's needed, of course, is a strong system of checks and balances, a system that is difficult to set up and difficult to maintain. Even in the U.S., which prides itself on such a system, it's been breaking down rather rapidly the past few years. Just lie unrelentingly until you get most people buying into a bogus "War on Terror", and you can take away all manner of privileges from the "lower classes" and extract all manner of extra costs from them. Yeah, even in the good old USofA, the pigs are putting themselves back in control. Who'd have ever believed the we'd find ourselves waxing nostalgic about the good old days when we had presidents with the moral integrity of Richard Nixon managing our futures? ( )
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A must read ( )
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Orwell, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abella, RafaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, MalcolmIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.
For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran:
These people don't see that if you encourage totalitarian methods, the time may come when they will be used against you instead of for you. [from preface]
Make a habit of imprisoning Fascists without trial, and perhaps the process won't stop at Fascists. [from preface]
To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. [from preface]
If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. [from preface]
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Orwell's allegory of the Soviet revolution remains as lucid and compelling as ever. In beautifully clear prose, he gives us a vivid gallery of characters and a fable that conveys the truth about how we are manipulated through language and the impossibility of finding heaven on earth.
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"The old king is dead!
"The farm overflows with good things."
"We'll let you know."

"Wake, Boxer, with cause!"
Friends offer snake-sly wisdom.
The wheel turns, grates on.


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