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Animal Farm by George Orwell
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Animal Farm (original 1945; edition 2004)

by George Orwell (Author)

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George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution has become an intimate part of our contemporary culture, with its treatment of democratic, fascist, and socialist ideals through an animal fable. The animals of Mr. Jones' Manor Farm are overworked, mistreated, and desperately seeking a reprieve. In their quest to create an idyllic society where justice and equality reign, the animals of Manor Farm revolt against their human rulers, establishing the democratic Animal Farm under the credo, "All Animals Are Created Equal." Out of their cleverness, the pigsóNapoleon, Squealer, and Snowballóemerge as leaders of the new community. In a development of insidious familiarity, the pigs begin to assume ever greater amounts of power, while other animals, especially the faithful horse Boxer, assume more of the work. The climax of the story is the brutal betrayal of Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: "But Some Animals Are More Equal than Others."

This astonishing allegory, one of the most scathing satires in literary history, remains as fresh and relevant as the day it was published.

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Title:Animal Farm
Authors:George Orwell (Author)
Info:Signet (2004), Edition: 50th Anniversary, 140 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:dystopian

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Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

  1. 622
    1984 by George Orwell (Phr33k, hpfilho)
    Phr33k: The theory behind the two books is the same, and if you enjoyed Animal Farm, you should read Nineteen Eighty-four
  2. 275
    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. 50
    Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (chrisharpe)
  5. 106
    Watership Down by Richard Adams (mcenroeucsb)
  6. 1310
    The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (mariamreza)
    mariamreza: Another great use of allegory.
  7. 21
    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. 43
    Persepolis II: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi (weener)
    weener: A good real-life example of what a repressive government can do.
  9. 10
    Beasts of England by Adam Biles (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: A sequel to Animal Farm.
  10. 10
    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.
  11. 21
    Snowball's Chance by John Reed (infiniteletters)
  12. 21
    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.
  13. 11
    Feed by M. T. Anderson (SqueakyChu)
  14. 22
    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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  16. 44
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  19. 36
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    luzestrella: marvelous!! definitively worth reading
  20. 06
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Snowball. Snowball! Quirky, sad, terrible, and fun, with lots of animal death and abuse. ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
First I thought it was a book about revolution generally turns back to the state it was. Turns out after reading some review it was discussing the russian revolution and Stalin. Good read ( )
  heolinhdam | Jun 25, 2024 |
"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others".

Me encantó. ( )
  aagusbenitez | Jun 17, 2024 |
Ok, I've finally read it. I can tick that life achievement and not ever read it again.

I knew almost everything about this book before reading it and didn't felt inclined to read it myself because I knew it would be unsettling and depressing. However the elusiveness of never being able to say I had actually read it annoyed me to such a degree that I tore through it today in a couple of hours. And it was... unsettling and depressing which is what Orwell was going for, so good on you Orwell.

Very well written but I won't be revisiting it. ( )
  ChariseH | May 25, 2024 |
This is a book that was required reading in high school because we were still concerned about the USSR at that time. And there is really not much reason to rehash Orwell's take on Soviet socialism.

What is interesting to me is how relevant this book still seems to be in that the narrative can be overlayed on almost any society. Specifically, this reading made me think of A Canticle for Liebowitz and the idea that history repeats itself especially if we don't pay attention and make sure to educate new generations on past historical mistakes. ( )
  GrammaPollyReads | May 16, 2024 |
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This book was one of the most informative books of my life. According to its story and the characters in it, this book also shows the lives of people. When the animals revolutionized and freed themselves from the confinement of humans, their union surprised the surrounding animals and made them all very happy. But with the passage of time and the selfishness of the pigs, little by little there was a gap between the members and they had differences. By breaking the rules of the farm and changing these rules to their advantage, the pigs reduced the unity among the animals so that they only thought of themselves. Pigs in this story are a symbol of selfish people who don't care about others and only think about their own progress, think they are better than others and don't care about them. On the other hand, the farm horse, which is a hard-working animal, did his best to move towards the development of the farm, and lost his life in this way. The other animals, who were not aware, needed to be guided by someone who knew, but the pigs, who were their leaders, selfishly left the other animals in ignorance and thought of their own interests. These animals are the symbol of all the oppressed people who are waiting in this world with the hope of a knowledgeable leader, but they don't find thoughtful leaders, they are just deceived. According to the general trend of the story, it can be concluded that no matter who and how he came to power or what his past was like, every person who comes to power becomes greedy and becomes very selfish. He tries to take steps towards his own interests. But according to the personality of people, some of them also pay attention to other people, but others, regardless of other people, only aim for their own progress and do everything to achieve this goal. For example, two farm pigs who acted as the farm's leader get into trouble with each other due to their personal interests and end up destroying each other. This shows how much status and dignity can affect people in such a way that they forget even their friend. But the end of these people is never good, just as they forget others, the people around them also forget them and their lives become meaningless. As a result, entrusting power to a few people who are not from the people and only care about their own interests, causes harm to the society, therefore, special attention should be paid to the selection of the leader and never hand over the authority completely to anyone.
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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
Tha a h-uile creutair co-ionann ach tha cuid a chreutairean nas co-ionannaiche na cuid eile.
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]
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Classic Literature. Fiction. HTML:

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution has become an intimate part of our contemporary culture, with its treatment of democratic, fascist, and socialist ideals through an animal fable. The animals of Mr. Jones' Manor Farm are overworked, mistreated, and desperately seeking a reprieve. In their quest to create an idyllic society where justice and equality reign, the animals of Manor Farm revolt against their human rulers, establishing the democratic Animal Farm under the credo, "All Animals Are Created Equal." Out of their cleverness, the pigsóNapoleon, Squealer, and Snowballóemerge as leaders of the new community. In a development of insidious familiarity, the pigs begin to assume ever greater amounts of power, while other animals, especially the faithful horse Boxer, assume more of the work. The climax of the story is the brutal betrayal of Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: "But Some Animals Are More Equal than Others."

This astonishing allegory, one of the most scathing satires in literary history, remains as fresh and relevant as the day it was published.

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The famous satire of the Russian Revolution by George Orwell is such a part of our present society that we often forget who wrote the original lines. It's the story of how Mr. Jones' Manor Farm becomes Animal Farm, a totally democratic society founded on the belief that all animals are created equal. In a slow evolution that bears an unsettling familiarity, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community as a result of their cunning. The savage betrayal of the loyal horse Boxer culminates in the re-establishment of totalitarian control with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.
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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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