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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm (original 1945; edition 1996)

by George Orwell

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Title:Animal Farm
Authors:George Orwell
Info:Signet Classics (1996), Edition: 50th Anniversary, Mass Market Paperback, 140 pages
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Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

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    1984 by George Orwell (Phr33k, haraldo)
    Phr33k: The theory behind the two books is the same, and if you enjoyed Animal Farm, you should read Nineteen Eighty-four
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    mariamreza: Another great use of allegory.
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    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (BeeQuiet)
    BeeQuiet: Whilst this book follows one day in the life of a Soviet prisoner in a gulag as opposed to merely a worker, this is still a stunning indictment of the revolution's disregard of human life.
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    Persepolis 2 : the story of a return by Marjane Satrapi (weener)
    weener: A good real-life example of what a repressive government can do.
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    Snowball's Chance by John Reed (infiniteletters)
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    Red Plenty: Industry! Progress! Abundance! Inside the Fifties Soviet Dream by Francis Spufford (lewbs)
    lewbs: Both books look at the shortcomings and hypocrisies of communism with some fine humor.
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    CGlanovsky: Portrait of the mechanics and effect of Soviet-style communist takeover.
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    Utopian Tales from Weimar by Jack Zipes (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Some of the stories in this anthology are earlier allegories with animals forming governments. The politics is just as sharp as Orwell's.
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    luzestrella: marvelous!! definitively worth reading
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Li este livro para o exame de Cambridge (Lower Certificate in English) através das aulas de Mrs Konder na Cultura Inglesa, e gostei muito. Sim, os animais falam. Não é romance para crianças. Na verdade, é mais apreciado por adultos. Cada animal representa aqui uma figura histórica. Eis um popular roman à clef cujas generalidades podemos enfatizar e ao mesmo tempo descodificar quem-é-quem. Vamos lá. Manor Farm representa a Rússia; Mr.Jones Representa o Czar Nicolau II. Os pecuaristas representam o povo russo. Os porcos representam o Partido Comunista. A doutrina do Animalismo representa o comunismo. Napoleão representa Stalin. Snowball representa Trotsky. Boxer representa o Trabalhador Leal. As ovelhas representam as massas. Foxwood representa a Inglaterra. Pilkington representa Churchill. Frederick representa Hitler. E Pinchfield representa a Alemanha. Divirta-se. ( )
  jgcorrea | Apr 24, 2015 |
Animal Farm is a story based on the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communism in Russia. The story begins with Old Major (a representation if Lenin and Marx) telling the animals of a dream he had. This dream was the animals taking over the farm and running it themselves without the humans. The animals, led by the pigs Snowball (Trotsky) and Napoleon (Stalin), successfully drive Mr Jones (Tsar Nicholas II) from the farm and rename it Animal Farm (USSR). The pigs then come up with the ideals of Animalism (Communism).

The style in which Orwell write Animal Farm makes it a very easy story to take in. I feel that the use of animals is quite an effective way to teach (older) children about the Russian Revolution and Communism without going into the heavy detail. It represents the Russian Revolution and Communism in an easy-to-understand format. I don't know much about the Russian Revolution (just the basics through reading this way back in English) but my thoughts are that if you did you would be able to predict the ending fairly easily. The book, although fairly short, does move at quite a slow pace, but the event do occur over a period of many years like the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communism. (I feel like I have used the Russian Revolution far too much in one paragraph... oh well).

I really felt for the horses, Boxer, Clover and Mollie. To me they represent the working class citizens of Russia. They are constantly being put to work and are forced to keep working harder. Especially Boxer, he does like working but keeps forcing himself to get up earlier and earlier in the hopes of getting more work done. To me Mollie is the lucky one as she is able to leave escape from the farm. She couldn't give up her previous lifestyle that she led with Mr Jones in charge, including the sugar cube treats and the ribbons in her mane.

I liked Animal Farm far more than I did the first time I read it. It provides a great insight into the Russian Revolution for those that do not know much about it. I think everyone should read Animal Farm at some point. I'm not sure if I'll ever read it again but I'm definitely planning on reading 1984 at some point. ( )
  MyExpandingBookshelf | Apr 24, 2015 |
I think I get something new out of this book every time I read it, which is a little strange since the book is really only a short commentary on socialism. This time I listened to the audio version and was easily caught up in the performance. This is one of those books that tends to be on everyone's must read list. I certainly put it on mine. ( )
  mirrani | Apr 19, 2015 |
I'm one of those people who re-reads this every few years. I don't re-read much - but this, yeah. I think I'm due again. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
A short book which is very easy to read. Its profundity is only matched by its brevity.

I would definitely recommend you read this. (But I'm sure you have heard that before!) ( )
  rimbo90 | Mar 28, 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.
added by mgranotz | editschool
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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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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Animal Farm is by George Orwell, not H.G. Wells.
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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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