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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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*Reading "1984" does require a bit of critical thinking in trying to understand the concepts explained by George Orwell, but the "Animal Farm" is a light (short, about 84 pgs) read that isn't very difficult to grasp.
The quality of the book was fine, it came in great condition (new). I have almost finished the whole book and have not really found any problems quality wise.
You may wonder how a pig (named Napoleon) can run the farm more efficient than a human can. How "he" (refer to a pig) uses hope, then fear to enslave lower animal ones? That is how the Communism work. No, I mean Animalism.
Also, Orwell also includes the power struggling inside the Communist party itself into his work, as Napoleon "purge" Snowball out of the farm to gain supreme power.
"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
But myself, I can't differentiate whether "animal farm" is run by animal or human.
"All animal are equal."
Animal Farm written by George Orwell is an allegorical and dystopian novel. George Orwell was born in Bengal, India in the year of 1903. He stayed in India where his father was stationed but shortly after his mother moved him and his sister to England. In England he attended a boarding school where he was treated different than other students based on his mother's income. After completing his schooling at the boarding school he did not have the money to attend a university so he joined the Police force in 1922. After leaving the Police force his writing struggled to take off, it wasn’t until 1933 that his first novel was published. Orwell is most well known for his books Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Many of his novels include strong opinions about politics. He includes strong parallelism to communism, imperialism, and fascism.
The animals at Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm assemble in the barn to hear old Major talk about a dream he had. He talked about how his dream was where all the animals lived free from masters. Soon after Major dies the rest of the animals wanted to live out his dream. So they plot to take over the farm and get rid of the humans. They proceed with their plans and their rebellion is a success. They make policies and a government for the farm. Later on Jones and his men return to the farm and attempt to retake it, but the tactics of Snowball, the animals defeat Jones in The Battle of the Cowshed. Later after the battle the animals go through some “government” issues on the farm and get a new ruler with is Napoleon. Napoleon uses Snowball as a scapegoat for who he blames all the hardships on. The animals proceed to build a windmill for the farm. Some animals start to leave the farm and some continue to stay. Napoleon ends up becoming a dictator and takes away food, and has the dogs kill innocent animal.
The main characters of the story include Napoleon (pig), Snowball (pig), Boxer (horse), Squealer (pig), and Old Major (pig). When the story starts, Napoleon is the leader of the other animals. He is smart, fierce-looking, quiet, and manipulative. Snowball is more vivacious of a pig than Napoleon, he’s a better talker, more intensive, and friendly. Squealer is a pig that talks a lot, but not with facts or truth and he has very few morals. Boxer is the muscle of the farm as well as the hardest worker. And lastly, Old Major starts all of the hassle because it was his idea to rebel.
I really enjoyed the Animal Farm because it is a light-hearted dramatization of the very heavy idea that absolute power is likely to corrupt absolutely. The feeling that the book invokes is one of joy as the tyrant humans are being overthrown. This is soon tempered by dismay as the pigs whom are the wisest of the farm animals rise to power and allow that power to corrupt them making them the worst of all tyrants.The feeling of dismay is amplified when you realize you could be like the pigs whom start out good, become great, and end really bad.
The style of writing and the pace of the story are masterful as they make the story captivating and succinct. You are given enough to enter into the drama unfolding but you will not be overwhelmed with trivial detail. My favorite part of the book is that there are some of the animals besides the pigs whom were smart enough to memorize the original seven commandments of Animal Farm and thus are able to unveil the progressive corruption of the pigs.
I have read this book multiple times and would read it again because upon each read I gain some new insight into human nature and the governance of civilizations. This book exceeds my expectations of allegories as it captures so well the effects of power that often lead to tyranny.
I would recommend this book to middle school and high school students learning about communism and the effects of it. This book includes strong parallelism to communism. Many of the main characters in this novel represent real life people.
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