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Animal farm: A Fairy Story Mass Market Paperback – Standard Edition, April 6, 2004
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“Animal Farm remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history.”—Malcolm Bradbury
“As lucid as glass and quite as sharp…[Animal Farm] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift.”—Atlantic Monthly
“A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times.”—The New York Times
“Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift.”—Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
“Orwell’s satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years.”—Ruth Rendell
About the Author
George Orwell (pseudonym for Eric Blair [1903-50]) was born in Bengal and educated at Eton; after service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living penning novels and essays. He was essentially a political writer who focused his attention on his own times, a man of intense feelings and intense hates. An opponent of totalitarianism, he served in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. Besides his classic Animal Farm, his works include a novel based on his experiences as a colonial policeman, Burmese Days, two firsthand studies of poverty, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier, an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia; and the extraordinary novel of political prophecy whose title became part of our language, 1984.
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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. The use of animals was a very creative way to tell this story, as it gives you a big incentive to actually care for these characters. Had this just been about real people, then it would've just sounded like anything you could find in your history books. Orwell finds a much more interesting way of tackling the topic. He gives life to every one of his characters and they all elicit some kind of a feeling from you. There are times when the book is funny, and then there are times when it is just downright chilling (the last chapter will stay in your head for more than a few hours).
George Orwell's "Animal Farm" is a genuine masterpiece that quickly hooks the reader from the very beginning. It's an extremely easy read as well as an enjoyable one--not enjoyable in the sense that this is a "happy tale," but enjoyable in the sense that you really feel like you're reading something great. If you haven't had the chance to check it out, make sure you add this to your reading list. It is something that should be read by everyone at least once in their life, even if they don't end up enjoying it as much as others. I loved every single word that was written in the extremely creative read. This is an important classic in literature that shouldn't be missed for any reason. -Michael Crane
Today everything has changed in America and this book describes exactly what is happening in this country just without Orwell even being alive to appreciate how right he was. The sad thing is this: Orwell (a devout democratic socialist) died believing that he had simply, and masterfully shown in his book what happened to the Soviet Union under "uniquely" corrupt leaders, Stalin, Lenin and Marx; i.e. trying to say that IF only socialism were done "correctly" it was the best system. BUT because those three men were uniquely corrupt men, then socialism lead (unnecessarily) to Totalitarianism. Orwell truly believed however that if not for "them" (they were unique, and not representative of 'all' men) everything about socialism and communism would have worked out fine.
Scholars argue that Orwell's book is really a great defense of capitalism, just quite unintended to be by the author. It is a defense of capitalism in a back-handed sort of way, But Orwell clearly thought that he was just sending a warning to socialists like himself to be careful not to let this happen. The beauty of the book is that it really does describe what will happen when capitalism is replaced with socialism. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely - however this is not "unique" to some men but all men. Unfortunately Orwell is clearly blind to the facts of historical reality. He has religous faith in his own concepts.
The great lesson of this book (Capitalism is better than Socialism) is obfuscated by the (early in the book) characterization of the capitalists as "Alcoholics". This is, by the way, how we know that Orwell despised capitalism and establishes beyond doubt he hates the free market system. He in no way advocates for the American way, he is quite anti-American to be sure. He very unceremoniously dismisses all capitalists in one prejudiced swipe of the brush stroke "alcoholic". Hardly a fair treatment of such a complex system and one so historically successful. None-the-less THE ingenious question that this book will cause every reader to ask themselves is this: Do you think all men are corrupt and need policing, or only some? Orwell answers himself and says "only some". He never gave up his position on the potential ability of socialism to create Utopia. He simply believed IF the right men were in charge then Utopia would last.
Since historical fact shows inevitably all socialist systems (Utopia) lead to totalitarianism (Dystopia) the book falls short of greatness. History shows it is not just some but all men will devolve into their lowest form when left unchecked. By creating a capitalist straw-man then burning it down so easily he belies his bias and shows his colors. Too bad Orwell, you shouldn't have done that, it's intellectually lazy and actually makes his book very much like the character "Squealer", the propagandist.
Finally the characters in this book remind me of current politicians and organizations: Obama - "Old Major" and Harry Reid - "Napolean" and Pelosi - "Snowball" and MSNBC - "Squealer"
I highly reccomend this book to both Conservatives and Progressives alike and challenge someone to write a book that treats the Capitalists fairly and displays how the U.S. Constitution was designed to police free-market capitalism. America's government worked effectively as a small police force until progressiveism infiltrated and now brings in socialism. Orwell got everything right except that. Insanity is doing the same thing again and expecting a different result.