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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (An Hbj Modern Classic) [Kindle Edition]

George Orwell
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<div>George Orwell’s famous satire of the Soviet Union, in which “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”<br></div>


Product Details

  • File Size: 929 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K16PUU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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202 of 213 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is a handsome republication of Orwell's two most renowned works, Animal Farm and 1984. Even if you're just looking for 1984, this edition is to be commended; it comes with a fine introduction by today's leading Orwell enthusiast, Christopher Hitchens, and the reward of including Animal Farm requires very little in the way of additional effort or expense on your part. At 80-odd pages, you may as well pick it up in the same volume, and you're virtually certain to be glad that you did.

I'm not alone in being of a generation that was first required to read Orwell in my student days (Middle School, in my case.) It seems that there was a lot of literature churned out then, accessible to if not directly aimed at children, with the horrors of totalitarianism as its theme. In addition to reading Orwell, we were also reading Huxley, Bradbury, and Verne -- the youth-oriented John Christopher books being yet another example. The generation that lived through Nazism and Stalinism clearly wanted the younger set to be aware of the horrors that could be, and to remain on guard against them.

It doesn't seem to be quite that way anymore. Orwell's name is invoked today, but often in trivializing contexts: "Big Brother" is now a brain-numbing reality show, and "Orwellian" is a convenient and often hysterically-applied charge to political opponents. Some complaceny does seem to be inevitable: we are now further removed from the days when the likes of Hitler and Stalin killed tens of millions. Still, regimes arise that are nearly as horrific on a local scale, from Pol Pot to Saddam Hussein to the Taliban, and are real enough that Orwell's book is no joke.
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220 of 235 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On this edition - May 30, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Because most people will review the actual book(s), which in this case are classics and I feel do not truly need a review, I will review this edition. Having the two in one is useful if you, like me, have not read the two prior to purchase or if you are a fan of both books. They are bound handsomely and the dust jacket is simple and smooth. The introduction is by someone who is obviously enamored with Orwell, and it gives some insight to the work and history of Orwell, though is mostly unecessary as you could probably wikipedia the information. This is a nice edition and I felt it was a good choice for me.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic novels in a beautiful edition April 24, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Animal Farm and 1984 are classic literature. You've probably already read them.

This edition presents them in a classic manner -- it is a lovely book, lovely dust jacket, and Christopher Hitchens does the intro. I usually find him funny and a little snarky, but in this intro, he is serious, high-minded, informative, and respectful.

I wanted to read 1984 again, since so many people are kicking around the terms "Orwellian" and "Big Brother" regarding current politics. I'm so glad this is the volume I bought. I know I would have gotten the same *words* in a flimsy paperback, but this was a really nice read.

I read both novels again. It has been... 20 years? Maybe longer since my first read-through. I'm a different reader than I was before.

I've got that grisly Room 101 scene back in my head -- I had forgotten that one. Thanks, Mr. Orwell.

This is a lovely edition. Treat yourself.
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372 of 422 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Four legs good, two legs bad!!!" August 1, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Animal Farm" by George Orwell was never required reading for me when I was in school, so it took me some time to finally get around to reading it. I found it to be a complete and enjoyable read that had me hooked from the very first sentence. It is an excellent exercise in symbolism and creative imagination. While the book may be a very short read, it brings a whole lot to the table by giving you an interesting take on how history can be reenacted in the most imaginative ways.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An allegory worth reading
A classic, and the introduction to the book tells you why it became a classic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of typos in the Kindle edition.
Didn't the Kindle version have an editor? Anybody checking for grammar errors or typographical goofs? Come on now; you've had decades to get this one right. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read - absolute genius
Scary real. Both stories are excellent and thought-provoking. A must read for everyone.
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Great read for the mature reader ...not for kids. Wonderful allegory of absolute power corrupts absolutely... Read more
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This is a roadmap to where western civilization is headed today under socialism, a centrally planned economy, and increasing authoritarian control. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and I can't help noticing how this relates ...
Great story and I can't help noticing how this relates to the world today! What stood out to me was the re-writing of the commandments to make them fit their personal agenda and... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK SUCKED! WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ
THIS BOOK SUCKED! WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! It always made me go to sleep!!!!! DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS HORRIBLE BOOK! Read more
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