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Animal Farm (1945)

by George Orwell

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All animals are equals but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's 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 proves disastrous. 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.… (more)
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four 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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    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (mikeg2, sturlington)
  3. 101
    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.
  4. 60
    Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (chrisharpe)
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    The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (mariamreza)
    mariamreza: Another great use of allegory.
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    Watership Down by Richard Adams (mcenroeucsb)
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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.
  8. 20
    Fifteen Dogs: An Apologue by André Alexis (vancouverdeb)
    vancouverdeb: Both books use animals to illustrate human shortcomings and a base nature, animals gain human consciousness,both are allegories , and dystopian novels.
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    The Descendants of Cain (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: European) by Sun-Won Hwang (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Portrait of the mechanics and effect of Soviet-style communist takeover.
  10. 53
    Persepolis II: 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)
  12. 32
    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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    The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek (sirparsifal)
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    Feed by M. T. Anderson (SqueakyChu)
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    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (kaledrina)
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    Utopia by Thomas More (luzestrella)
    luzestrella: marvelous!! definitively worth reading
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    The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (mcenroeucsb)
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    Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin (PaperbackPirate)
  20. 321
    The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul (ChrisSlavens)

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Great book describing in animal form, the struggles that humans have faced through our lifetime... how everything we have now seems so awful and a change will bring only good... for the first bit, until things get out of hand, and we need a change again... ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
Not bad. Not great. A little heavy handed. ( )
  Rachel_Cucinella | Apr 24, 2021 |
3.5 This book, more than anything, is about the corruption of power. It's not driven by its world or by its characters, but the message behind it. In this book, animals at a farm revolt and take it over after their owner forgets to feed them. All goes smoothly and everyone is treated fairly until the pigs begin to see the advantages of having more than others. They get away with it because most of the animals are unintelligent or not educated and they cannot tell when they are worse off than when they were with the farmer. This book reminds us that as long as someone has power over us, no matter what they say, we are not truly equal. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
Never have I felt so passionately about farm animals. ( )
  althomas39 | Apr 20, 2021 |
In my student teaching I had to start the beginning of this unit. I was able to come up with some pretty fun activities for the students including creating their own "perfect" society and what kind of issues they might face in the creation of this society.

This book is a really good satire and allegory of the Russian Revolution and it was insanely easy to compare the characters to real people who took part in the revolution including Lenin and Trotsky. Looking at the book away from my teacher's prospective, I would have to say that the book was okay at best and the plot moved very quickly. I was able to read this book in a matter of a few hours. You couldn't really become very attached to any character (which might have been deliberate) and overall it was written poorly (might have been all the typos from the edition I read). This is a great book if you want an example of allegory, but the quality was something to be lacked. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
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Orwell, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abella, RafaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baker, RussellPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Batchelor, JoyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, MalcolmIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bulla, GuidoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cotton, TomTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crick, BernardContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crick, BernardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davison, Peter HobleyForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gueillet, SuzonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Halas, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heuvelmans, TonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Low, JosephCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muggeridge, MalcolmIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, PanuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quéval, JeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, AnthonyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Steadman, RalphIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szíjgyártó, LászlóTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tasso, BrunoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tournaire, J.-P.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tucker, GeraldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wahlén, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walter, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woodhouse, C. M.Introductionsecondary 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.
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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:
ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
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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All animals are equals but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's 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 proves disastrous. 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.

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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."

(one-horse.library)
"Wake, Boxer, with cause!"
Friends offer snake-sly wisdom.
The wheel turns, grates on.

(one-horse.library)

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Penguin Australia

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