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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm (original 1945; edition 1996)

by George Orwell, Russell Baker (Preface)

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Title:Animal Farm
Authors:George Orwell
Other authors:Russell Baker (Preface)
Info:Signet Classics (1996), Edition: 50th Anniversary, Mass Market Paperback, 140 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:allegory, communism, russian revolution

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Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

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Animal Farm is a allegory about the rise and fall of Comunism. The books starts on Manor farm which is run by Mr. Jones. The animals meet for a secret meeting by Old Major a show pig who is the oldest and wisest animal on the farm. He tells the animals of Animalism were all animals are equal and there is no suffering. He also teachjes them the anthem Beasts Of England. Two days later Old Major dies and the animals take it upon themselves to prepare or start the revoulution. After two days of there drucken owner not feeding them they revoult and kick all the humans of the farm. Snowball the pig paints seven comandments on the wall of the red barn that all animals must follow. The name of the farm is also changed to Animal Farm. A few days after Mr. Jones and other farms trie to take back the farm which fails and the animals win even with causualties. The first year is a success but the farm house is still undecided. The animals slowly creep through there once masters home. Snowball proclaims that it shall be a museum and nothing must be taken from it. But Napolian the boar has other plans. He finds a litter of puppies and steals them and keeps them up in his secret loft. There is now a debait is Snowalls plan to make a windmill for the farm. Napolien and Snowball are in big argument about it at the public debate. There is when napolien releaseshis secret weapon. He screeches and the once puppies are now savage dogs and they chase Snowball of the farm. Napolien and his acomplice Squeleiar who is good at perswading take over the farm and proclaim that the pigs being the smartest should get more food. The widmill construction is put into play but as there building there attacked. The animals winbut the windmill is destroyed. After this the pigs decide to move into the Farm house. Also trade with other humans will be acepted. Years pass and there are now two windmills on the farm. The entire farm is surrounded by barb wire fences. Boxer a strong horse who was an inspiration to the animals ia old and the pigs sell him and turnhim to money which is used to buy achohal for the pigs. Napolian later invites the neiboring farms for a dinner party. When the Animals peek through the windows they realize that the pigs have become just like there enemy, humans.
I like this book because its a classic. A classic is very important or good book. It is also an allegory or a real story shown as somehing else. It is an allegory of comunism. It also has good word choice and good imagery. It also was a very intreging story. To conclude I like Animal Farm because its a classic, allegory, intreging, and has good word choice and imagery. ( )
  JacobDb1 | Mar 17, 2015 |
Fantastic allegory of the birth of the Soviets and very interesting perspective, being told as literally animals; lends an almost childlike quality to an otherwise bleak and saddening story ( )
  AidClu06 | Mar 17, 2015 |
Simply MUST spend more time on "classics" and "literature" and the books I read as novel studies!!!! ( )
1 vote | olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
An allegory for socialism.

I'm not a great lover of fairy stories, so it didn't surprise me that I wasn't bowled over by this classic. However, I can see how it became such a hit, as it's extremely clever in its subtleties.
I did admire the allegory of the animals who represented various characters from the Russian revolution, the rise of power of the pigs and the unquestioning, tireless endurance of my favourite character, Boxer, the shire horse.
It's also timeless, I can easily find other regimes illustrated within its pages, North Korea being one that immediately comes to mind.
This is the first of Orwell's works that I've read and I'm sure I shall read others in the future.

Excellently narrated in my Audible version by Simon Callow. ( )
  DubaiReader | Feb 27, 2015 |
A book which is an ever relevant classic. It is always there, the classic tales of power hungry administration which roots in equality and humanity and consideration to other beings but ultimately ends up in a system more rigid constraint than the previous one. The only ones who had a change of life are the pigs. So it is always good to be the pigs. That is one really crude way to put it. ( )
  durgaprsd04 | Feb 25, 2015 |
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This little book, about as long as Candide, may fairly be compared with it as a searching commentary on the dominant philosophy of the age.
added by Sylak | editPunch
Animal Farm is a very politcal novel that tells a story about a farm and the way it's run but the story of the animals the way the run the farm represents the 2nd world war and the politics behind it, this technique is known as an allegory. Old Major (a wise old pig) gives the animals a lecture about how unfairly they're treated by the humans. the animals do all the work and don't get any profit, everyone works so hard and don't even get enough food to satisfy their hunger each day, they've had enough. the animals decide to stand up to their rights, and run the farm in a way that is progressive and to shut down the humans and agree that all the animals should be treated fairly. this does not last long when the pigs start to take control of things. they assume that because they're smarter they should have more rites. The start to take advantage of their intelligence by giving themselves more rites and modifying the laws that the animals agreed to live by. while this happens alot more events occur, the animals complete the windmill but then it gets knocked down during war, this reoccurs a number of times, the farm has lost animals due to war but one of the most significate loss' was the death of Boxer who sadly gets taken away then killed by humans. alot of other major events occur that all contribute to the main theme of the novel. Animal Farm was unique from any novel i've read but I did not enjoy it but using an allegory to represent an event that is a big part of history did impress me and they way George Orwell executed it was fantastic.
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With an unusually piercing blare of trumpets from the Book-of-the-Month Club, whose co-selection for September it is, and with a resounding ruffle of publicity drums, an odd little book is published today.. There is nothing so startlingly brilliant about this quite elementary fable, it seems to me, to justify a tempest in anything larger than a teacup.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, Orville Prescott (pay site) (Aug 26, 1946)
'Animal Farm' may be taken as the most compact and witty expression of the left-wing British reaction to Soviet Communism... [Orwell] writes absolutely without coyness or whimsicality and with such gravity and charm that 'Animal Farm' becomes an independent creation, standing quite apart from the object of its comment. The qualities of pathos in the tale of the betrayal of the animals -- in the account, for example, of Boxer, the faithful horse -- would compel the attention of persons who never heard of the Russian Revolution.''
George Orwell, a talented leftist writer, has emerged as one of Britain's best satirists. Britons, chuckling at his new book, Animal Farm, a 92-page laugh-and thought-provoking satire on Communism and the Soviet Union, are calling its author the most brilliant political satirist since Swift.
added by Shortride | editTime (Feb 4, 1946)

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George Orwellprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abella, RafaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baker, RussellPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Crick, BernardContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crick, BernardIntroductionsecondary 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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Op een dag wordt boer Jansen van zijn erf verdreven en nemen de dieren de macht op de boerderij over. Wat de dageraad van een nieuwe tijd had moeten worden eindigt in een afschuwelijke nachtmerrie. De slimste dieren, de varkens, vestigen een bloedige politiestaat en de overige dieren van de boerderij treft een triester lot dan voorheen.
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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.


Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451526341, Mass Market Paperback)

Since its publication in 1946, George Orwell's fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong has rivaled Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea as the Shortest Serious Novel It's OK to Write a Book Report About. (The latter is three pages longer and less fun to read.) Fueled 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

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A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.

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