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Animal Farm

349 Ratings: 3.3
George Orwell's 1945 satirical novel that looks at a revolution of barnyard animals against their owners and then each other.

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned--a … see full wiki

Author: George Orwell
Genre: Political and Social Satire
Date Published: August 17, 1945
35 reviews about Animal Farm
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
We REALLY need to read this and teach our children.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Didn't like it as much as 1984 but still worth reading.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
its actually has something about politics,which makes it complicated.because each animal stands for him
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Creepy when read in high school, creepier now!
Quick Tip by . September 26, 2009
The best political satire that I've ever read. Other than Tolkien's LotR, Orwell's Animal Farm is my favorite work of the 20th century.
review by . May 10, 2009
Animal Farm is a very excellent novella from George Orwell.  I remember reading this book in the 7th grade.  The story is a farm yard animal version of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.  A satirical view of Stalin and Trotsky and how good ideas can easily be corrupted and how a totalitarian society can take over through charisma and force.  Orwell was a Socialist but he knew that in the wrong hands how these ideals can be corrupted and twisted.  He saw what happened in …
review by . July 28, 2006
This book sets the standard for political and social satire. It was required reading when I was in high school and in my opinion one of the best books ever written. However, like all other books of social satire, you must know something of history to appreciate it.    The setting is a farm where the animals are mistreated, so they revolt against their human owners and take control of the farm. In the initial joy of apparent liberation, the animals work together in a communal effort and …
review by . March 14, 2006
It wasn't my first stay on the farm. I'd read Orwell as a girl, one with ethnic roots reaching back to the Baltic States (Latvia) then occupied by the Soviet Union, and so having grown up on stories of human cruelty and betrayal, of human nature gone corrupt when faced with the seduction of power -- all of that rather than the common, soothing fairy tale. For that reason, I surely understood it on a deeper level than most of my peers. I was fifteen the first of many times I visited the Soviet Union. …
review by . October 14, 2005
A generation ago, the sight of the cover of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" was common in junior high school hallways, along with "Lord Of The Flies," "A Separate Peace," and "Catcher In The Rye." Re-reading the book today reminds me of why Orwell is considered so brilliant and beyond-his-time in a Mark Twain/Jonathan Swift way. But for me at least, this remains the least fun of all those junior high masterpieces.    The animals at Manor Farm have had enough of Mr. Jones' despotic …
review by . July 25, 2003
"Animal Farm" is so short, so easy to read, and is so famous and influential, that the question is: Why would you NOT read it? If you are new to Orwell, then this is the perfect place to start. It displays, in miniature, his characteristic skepticism, good sense, and keen insight into the corrupting effects of power. It also hints at that underlying sense of guilt that pervades his longer works.The book was criticized at the time of publication for being a flawed fable, in that the pigs, being innately …
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