Animal Farm

Animal Farm

A Fairy Story

Book - 1989
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A stunning hardback edition of the classic novel.

Animal Farm is one of the most famous warnings ever written. Orwell's immortal satire -- 'against Stalin' as he wrote to his French translator -- can be read on many levels. With its piercing clarity and deceptively simple style it is no surprise that this novel is required reading for schoolchildren and politicians alike. This fable of the steadfast horses Boxer and Clover, the opportunistic pigs Snowball and Napoleon, and the deafening choir of sheep remains an unparalleled masterpiece.

One reviewer wrote "In a hundred years' time perhaps Animal Farm ... may simply be a fairy story: today it is a fairy story with a good deal of point." Over sixty years on in the age of spin, it is more relevant than ever.

Rejected by such eminent publishing figures as Victor Gollancz, Jonathan Cape and T.S. Eliot, Animal Farm was published to great acclaim by Martin Secker and Warburg on August 17, 1945 in an edition of 4500 copies. In the centenary year of Martin Secker, Ltd., Harvill Secker is proud to publish this special edition with a new introduction.
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England : Penguin Books, 1989, c1987.
ISBN: 9780140126709
Characteristics: 94 p. :,18 cm.


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A classic for a reason and a short one too. This fable about the animals who take over the farm will appeal to both fans of fairy tale-esque stories as well as Russian history nerds.

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Feb 05, 2018

Animal Farm is a very different approach from 1984. Somewhat of a fusion between the rise of Hitler and Stalin, it chronicles how revolutions usually free the oppressed only to have the new leadership create its own form of oppression. A good read, although nowhere near the level of sophistication and importance of Orwell's epic masterpiece.

Nov 22, 2017

Orwell was warning the left about the realities of socialism. Having served in the Spanish Civil War, he had an unaltered view of socialist revolutions that should have sent off alarms in the leftist community. Unfortunately, liberals chose to swallow the party line offered up by leftist propaganda. This lead to Stalin embracing Nazi Germany and the unbelievable marriage of leftist socialists and Hitlerian horror. There are some liberals today who unfortunately think Orwell was writing about the fear of right wing tyranny rather than the left. He had a first hand look at socialist realities and the left shunned him. A mark the left can never erase.

Oct 26, 2017

a good satire of the Russian communist revolution

May 27, 2017

This book has been in our closet for years, but I thought it was time to bust out another classic. I would say that I'm 75% sure I read this in school, but there is a large possibility that I might have only read the Cliffs Notes... and, if I'm being 100% honest, I didn't remember a single thing about it, so hopefully this time it sticks ;) I really enjoyed this one and can see why it's a classic. It's a great reminder of the slippery slope and how things in society can change if no one says anything or takes a stand. It's crazy that this book is over 70 years old and yet it is as relevant today as it was in 1945!

Apr 11, 2017

The idea of animals running a farm was rather unusual, but Animal Farm turned out to be funny and amusing, and I really enjoyed this book. Even though I didn't know much about the Russian Revolution, I got the moral about corrupted leadership.

Mar 16, 2017

I first read this in high school way back in 1978, and as my son had to study if for Year 10 it was a good time to read it again.

For this edition I read the notes and it's interesting to get the background story. The book was controversial and getting it published was a difficult process. A shortage of paper after World War II didn't help.

Orwell with the book wished to make the point that revolution wasn't bad, but success relies on the leaders serving the common good and not themselves. Leaders can get greedy, especially once they cement themselves into the position of power. The common people need to be able to expel leaders that no longer serve them.

In Appendix 1 Orwell laments that the British Press (especially the "high brow" end) are reluctant to offend Russia. This may be so as not to make political negotiations difficult for the British government. He says that one publisher started to accept the book until they consulted with the Ministry of Information. It's hard to imagine a government censoring such a book, but talk of censoring the internet now is becoming less imagination and more reality.

A classic book to read, which must be on a number of "bucket" lists by now. The parts where Squealer uses "facts" to keep the other animals ignorant about what is really going on reminds me of the current political situation in the United States. Dangerous times indeed.

Orwell's allegorical warning about the inherent flaws in society rings as true today as it did in 1945. In a short tale about some farm animals he holds a more accurate mirror up to humans and their weaknesses than any story supposedly centered upon humans.

Dec 06, 2016

Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is an allusion to the Russian Revolution. The manipulative pigs, Squealer and Napoleon, attempt to establish a dictatorship on the farm. They use the vicious dogs and the brainwashed sheep, among others, to achieve their goals. Using a variety of techniques, including the incitation of fear and circulation of propaganda, the pigs remain very much in control of the farm’s affairs. Animal Farm is written in a very simplistic fashion, allowing its themes to be understood even by young readers. While understanding the allusions in the book definitely make it more enjoyable, it is still incredibly entertaining without any knowledge of these historical references. The book still highlights the evils that exist within all people. Rating: 5/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

kisanet18 Aug 04, 2016

Orwell did a great job of symbolizing all the injustice that happens in name of an outside force and how simple minded people who do not educate themselves get taken advantage from, be it West for Soviet Russia, America.

Aug 02, 2016

Napoleon's thirst for power is what twisted the initial values of "animalism". Snowball"s propaganda manipulated the other animals and they never really had the freedom they had first sought out.

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kisanet18 Aug 04, 2016

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."

Jul 01, 2016

"All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others."

Feb 26, 2016

"Windmill or no windmill, life would go on as it had always gone on - that is badly."

Feb 26, 2016

"I have no wish to take life, not even human life." -Boxer

Jul 27, 2015

"I will work harder" -Boxer

Jun 08, 2015

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Apr 25, 2015

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Sep 21, 2013

Napoleon had commanded that once a week there should be held something called a Spontaneous Demonstration...

Aug 21, 2012

Long live Animal Farm! Long live Comrade Napoleon!

Aug 12, 2012

Napoleon is always right!

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Aug 20, 2017

My dad told me to read Animal Farm a long time ago and I finally decided to read it this Summer. I though the book was just going to be about animals on a farm but it was really different. I wish the book was longer because I loved it so much and it is definitely on my list of favourites books now. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

Aug 19, 2016

Animal Farm is about animals...animals who learn and over throw the humans that run the farm and keep them away. However, the learned animals have difficulties and also learn being human isn't necessarily a bad thing. What starts out as equality and common ground and rules to live by changes over the course of time into something no one could foresee.

Jul 01, 2016

Animals at a farm join together to overthrow what they feel is evil...Man. They successfully lead a rebellion against Man and take control of the farm. They are leading a happy life without Man at the farm. But, after kicking out Snowball, the pigs are corrupting what the animals wrote out as the Seven Commandments...Is it possible that animals can be evil too?
A prime example of how rebellions can often go wrong, and George Orwell is adding on to what happened with the Russian Revolution.

Jul 20, 2014

When I read through this book, I REALLY thought that Animal Farm was a tale about animals. But afterwards, I searched up this book and read that it was actually about Communism. The book begins with the animals rebelling to Men. They won the rebellion, kicked Men out, and started taking over their own farm. Later on, Snowball, a pig, organized the farm and declaimed himself as leader. The animals were happy they finally can work for just themselves. But meanwhile, Napoleon, another pig, started stirring things up into tyranny. He trained puppies that nearly killed Snowball, and he became the dictator. Every animal had to agree with Napoleon, or else they would be killed. At last, Animal Farm became a dictatorship of pigs, and that ends the story. I would say this book is a tough read and recommend this book to deeper readers. The author's style of language was often hilarious, but this book as a whole fetches greater interpretation of the message conveyed. One last note, this book isn't really about animals...

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Farmyard animals band together to overthrow the evil farmer.


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