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Animal Farm (1st U.S. edition)

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

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Not what i expected, but still a good book

  • Jul 14, 2010
As I read this book, it started to become clear that this was not just a simple story about different animals and their lives on a seemingly flourishing farm. The plot is actually an elaborate allegory for some of the events that occurred during the Russian Revolution. I would recommend this book to adults, and I guess to students too, since there is so much rich symbolism and universal themes. The setting of the book is at Manor Farm, located in England, and it is later renamed to Animal Farm. This is a story about a group of animals who overthrow their human farmer/owner and take control of the farm themselves to create what they think is a perfect or ideal system. This turns out to not be the case, as there is internal strife and they are often plagued with many problems. There are themes of corruption, socialism, oppression, and greed. There are many metaphors throughout, like Napoleon the pig standing for Napoleon the French leader. The purpose of the writing was to make a statement about the effects of trying to force a new government system onto a place with a system already intact. The author George Orwell wrote this book to symbolize Stalin's rise in Russia during their revolution. I didn't really like the book because it was such a blatant propaganda against socialism and communism.

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review by . July 01, 2010
Animal Farm has in my experience often been used as reading for children. There was even an animated cartoon of it made which I don't quite understand as the book deals with some adult issues and is only presented in a childlike way for the purposes of satire. The underlying message in the book is obvious to adults but will go right over the heads of children.      Essentially Animal Farm is all about the exploits of a bunch of anthropomorphised animals who overthrow their …
review by . July 02, 2010
For those who may not know the plot of this famous tale, let me abbreviate it to a shocking degree. Orwell presents us with thinking, talking (to each other) animals on a farm who, roused by the vision of freedom by one dying member of their clan, throw off their shackles, rout the human farmers, and come to run the farm for themselves. Slowly, the special commandments that led them to their egalitarian freedoms become changed, until we see the communal farm become led by a dictatorship of pigs, …
review by . July 19, 2010
Back in high school though we studied the book thoroughly for external exams, it was only after getting out into the real world that we fully grasped some of what the writer was trying to get across. At the time it was funny and quite interesting. The idea of talking pigs and cows was hilarious. At the time of reading the book I went through a rollercoaster of emotions, sorrow for the horse boxer, anger at the pigs, disdain for Molly.   I would recommend …
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
this is another of the books on the list we had to know inside out for external exams back in high school. i loved it and have a copy sitting around here somewhere. i plan to write a book one day soon and i hope i can do half as good a job as this orwell fellow did. this book has so many hidden meanings and stories behind things it is really interesting, the characters are funny and realistic at the same time, snowball, molly, boxer, oh the memories. my favorite quote/commandment is "all animals …
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
two feet bad gour feet good! i read this book in highschool and have read it again since then, evey time i read it i see something new that i didn't catch before. well worth the read, makes a good college book report essay.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Really good and a book that would probably be good to have a study aid with because there is so much symbolism and meaning to this allegory. There are probably even some things I missed.
review by . July 10, 2010
Animal Farm written by George Orwell is a shocking account of a group of farm animals that start a revolution, rise against their "Master" and attempt to create a free and equal society. The first weeks of their endeavor seemed promising until one animal assumes the role of "Leader". Then instead of honesty and decency - propaganda and exploitation flourish along with other brainwashing tactics. Filled with metaphor and imbedded with satire this gives readers a disturbing look …
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
This is a really good book. I like how different it is, and it really is an eye-opener. George Orwell was an amazing writer.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
" All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others". What a great line. I think the brilliance of this novel is it shows you the heart of communism: how simple and tricky it is. Another piece of literature that has shows you the subtle truth of communism was Superman: Red Son
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
another book i read because of school. and one of the only ones im actually glad i read. the animals in this book are so smart, though its not actually about the animals.
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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 razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.

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Author: George Orwell
Genre: Political and Social Satire
Date Published: August 17, 1945
Format: Novella

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