- Publisher: Signet Book (April 1, 1996)
- ASIN: B004XNFNZW
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4 x 0.4 inches
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Animal Farm (Anniversary) ( Signet Classics (Paperback) ) (50TH ed.) [ ANIMAL FARM (ANNIVERSARY) ( SIGNET CLASSICS (PAPERBACK) ) (50TH ED.) ] by Orwell, George ( Author) on Apr, 01, 1996 Mass Market Paperbound Paperback – April 1, 1996
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The animals on Mr. Jones' farm have had enough of what they deem to be slavery. They're tired of being ordered around by humans while they see no benefits in their daily work. This is all sparked by a dream that the boar, Major, had about a unique place where animals called the shots and never had to be ordered around by humans ever again. He tells them a revolution is very much needed. When Major dies, the animals act quickly and are able to overthrow the alcoholic farmer and his thugs from his very own farm. The pigs are in charge now, as they claim that they are much smarter than the others and know how to lead. What seems to be paradise quickly transforms into another form of slavery altogether enforced by propaganda and threats from the pigs. And yet, the animals do not know any better, as they are deceived by the new system that gives them the illusion that they are better off than they were with Mr. Jones calling the shots.
The book is greatly inspired by real events that went down during the era of communism in Russia, using animals as the actual people. While it helps to know about that time period, the book is written so well that it is easily understood even if you only know a little about what happened during that time.Read more ›
Orwell also pointed out that "Animal Farm was the first book in which I tried, with full consciousness of what I was doing, to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole". He succeded beyond his wildest expectations, even though at first nobody wanted to publish this work because it was too controversial.
The plot of this book is relatively easy to grasp, and I think that is probably one of the reasons why it is so popular. Some animals decide to take over the conduction of a farm, because they believe there is too much injustice, and that they would improve the situation if they had the power to do so. They make a revolution, and end up evicting Mr. Jones, the owner of the farm. From that moment onwards, the farm is called "Animal farm"...Read more ›
Jones:= The Aristocracy. The Old Major:= Lenin. Napoleon:= Stalin. Snowball:= Trotsky. Squealer:= Beria?. Boxer:= The male Peasants. Dolly:= The female Peasants. The Pigs:= The Communist Party. The Dogs:= The NKVD. The Sheep:= The Army. The Raven:= The Clergy. The Donkey:= The Intellectuals, maybe the Jews. The Windmill:= Stalin's 5 year plans. Frederick`s Farm:= Germany. Pilkington Farm:= The West. The Counterfeit Money:= The Molotov-Rippentrop Pact.
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Animal Farm is a scathing criticism of Communism, or more specifically, the Communist system of the former USSR. Himself a Socialist, Orwell detested the way in which its ideals were twisted and manipulated by those in power in the USSR, resulting in a terrible fate for the common people.
The story pulls no punches; although Orwell uses the fictional setting of a farm with talking animals, his aim is to expose the reader to the hypocrisy of the Soviet regime. The figure of Josef Stalin is easily identified in the character Napoleon, one of the leaders of the animal rebellion. The leaders were first inspired by Major, an aging boar on the farm who clearly represents Karl Marx. Major had given the farm animals the idea that they should strive for a better life than their current plight . After his death, Napoleon and Snowball, another character representing Vladimir Lenin, lead the overthrow of the human-run farm and establish "Animal Farm." But Napoleon later assumes complete control over the Rebellion, and, as Stalin did, betrays virtually all aims and maxims originally put forth by the rebellion founders. The story ends with the common farm animals in a far worse state of affairs than when the story began.
Orwell used his "fairy story," published in 1945, to remind people of the dangers of Soviet Russia, and to differentiate it from the idea of Socialism.Read more ›
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This is one of my favorite books! This edition features really interesting introductions.Published 18 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite books of all time; Orwell's classic novel about animals who take over the farm because they're not happy with their lives the way they are. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by impossible girl
The book came in good condition- good quality paper and printed well. Love the story, one of my favorites from middle school. Definitely worth adding to your library.Published 6 days ago by Julie
Such a powerful book. It's allusion to the historical wars is very satirical. Just can't get enough of the classics because of authors like George Orwell.Published 7 days ago by Calvin Duane
Animal Farm written during the cold war was a great read. The world has changed and now authors are writing with similar style about the world we live in today. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sam
I needed to read this again to help my son with a report. I am glad to have been reminded how brilliant Mr. Orwell was. What a good use of the morning.Published 7 days ago by B. F. Lyons