Animal Farm

Animal Farm

A Fairy Story

Book - 2003
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Orwell's 1945 fable about the power struggles among animals on a farm parallels the situation in Russia at the time as Orwell saw it; the characters include the ruthless pig Stalin, his idealistic Trotsky-like adversary, and the simple, kindly horse who represents the common man. All animals are equals but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that all animals are created equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: but some animals are more equal than others. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Publisher: New York : Plume : Harcourt Brace, c2003
Edition: Centennial ed
ISBN: 9780452284241
0452284244
Characteristics: xxix, 97 p. ; 21 cm

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tmlyo
May 16, 2018

I first read this book more than 20 years ago while I was still in China. I could relate every character in the book to what's happening in Communist China. Communism is a disaster to human being, not only to Russia, but to every single country where Communism ruled. Really hope people understand what's really going on in China in the disguise of a "miracle" economy.

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Linyarai
Apr 19, 2018

I read this for the "A Book With Non-human Characters" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, it's a great story with or without making the political comparisons.

Great piece of satire on the Russian Revolution - thoroughly enjoyed it.

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gomiami1972
Feb 05, 2018

Animal Farm is a very different approach from 1984. Somewhat of a fusion between the rise of Hitler and Stalin (or if you want to keep it all within the Bolsheviks, between Trotsky and Stalin,) it chronicles how revolutions usually free the oppressed only to have the new leadership create its own form of oppression. A good read, although nowhere near the level of sophistication and importance of Orwell's epic masterpiece.

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johnbacich
Nov 22, 2017

Orwell was warning the left about the realities of socialism. Having served in the Spanish Civil War, he had an unaltered view of socialist revolutions that should have sent off alarms in the leftist community. Unfortunately, liberals chose to swallow the party line offered up by leftist propaganda. This lead to Stalin embracing Nazi Germany and the unbelievable marriage of leftist socialists and Hitlerian horror. There are some liberals today who unfortunately think Orwell was writing about the fear of right wing tyranny rather than the left. He had a first hand look at socialist realities and the left shunned him. A mark the left can never erase.

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trotter73
Oct 26, 2017

a good satire of the Russian communist revolution

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CarleeMcDot
May 27, 2017

This book has been in our closet for years, but I thought it was time to bust out another classic. I would say that I'm 75% sure I read this in school, but there is a large possibility that I might have only read the Cliffs Notes... and, if I'm being 100% honest, I didn't remember a single thing about it, so hopefully this time it sticks ;) I really enjoyed this one and can see why it's a classic. It's a great reminder of the slippery slope and how things in society can change if no one says anything or takes a stand. It's crazy that this book is over 70 years old and yet it is as relevant today as it was in 1945!

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Shadow_Blade
Apr 11, 2017

The idea of animals running a farm was rather unusual, but Animal Farm turned out to be funny and amusing, and I really enjoyed this book. Even though I didn't know much about the Russian Revolution, I got the moral about corrupted leadership.

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glenneaton
Mar 16, 2017

I first read this in high school way back in 1978, and as my son had to study if for Year 10 it was a good time to read it again.

For this edition I read the notes and it's interesting to get the background story. The book was controversial and getting it published was a difficult process. A shortage of paper after World War II didn't help.

Orwell with the book wished to make the point that revolution wasn't bad, but success relies on the leaders serving the common good and not themselves. Leaders can get greedy, especially once they cement themselves into the position of power. The common people need to be able to expel leaders that no longer serve them.

In Appendix 1 Orwell laments that the British Press (especially the "high brow" end) are reluctant to offend Russia. This may be so as not to make political negotiations difficult for the British government. He says that one publisher started to accept the book until they consulted with the Ministry of Information. It's hard to imagine a government censoring such a book, but talk of censoring the internet now is becoming less imagination and more reality.

A classic book to read, which must be on a number of "bucket" lists by now. The parts where Squealer uses "facts" to keep the other animals ignorant about what is really going on reminds me of the current political situation in the United States. Dangerous times indeed.

Orwell's allegorical warning about the inherent flaws in society rings as true today as it did in 1945. In a short tale about some farm animals he holds a more accurate mirror up to humans and their weaknesses than any story supposedly centered upon humans.

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kisanet18 Aug 04, 2016

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."

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5houses
Jul 01, 2016

"All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others."

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whsun
Feb 26, 2016

"Windmill or no windmill, life would go on as it had always gone on - that is badly."

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whsun
Feb 26, 2016

"I have no wish to take life, not even human life." -Boxer

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brown_horse_180
Jul 27, 2015

"I will work harder" -Boxer

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okieathome
Jun 08, 2015

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 25, 2015

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

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Rainman
Sep 21, 2013

Napoleon had commanded that once a week there should be held something called a Spontaneous Demonstration...

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VForce
Aug 21, 2012

Long live Animal Farm! Long live Comrade Napoleon!

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VForce
Aug 12, 2012

Napoleon is always right!

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Vista05
Aug 20, 2017

My dad told me to read Animal Farm a long time ago and I finally decided to read it this Summer. I though the book was just going to be about animals on a farm but it was really different. I wish the book was longer because I loved it so much and it is definitely on my list of favourites books now. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Jamaka_88
Aug 19, 2016

Animal Farm is about animals...animals who learn and over throw the humans that run the farm and keep them away. However, the learned animals have difficulties and also learn being human isn't necessarily a bad thing. What starts out as equality and common ground and rules to live by changes over the course of time into something no one could foresee.

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5houses
Jul 01, 2016

Animals at a farm join together to overthrow what they feel is evil...Man. They successfully lead a rebellion against Man and take control of the farm. They are leading a happy life without Man at the farm. But, after kicking out Snowball, the pigs are corrupting what the animals wrote out as the Seven Commandments...Is it possible that animals can be evil too?
A prime example of how rebellions can often go wrong, and George Orwell is adding on to what happened with the Russian Revolution.

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shellarinelle
Jul 20, 2014

When I read through this book, I REALLY thought that Animal Farm was a tale about animals. But afterwards, I searched up this book and read that it was actually about Communism. The book begins with the animals rebelling to Men. They won the rebellion, kicked Men out, and started taking over their own farm. Later on, Snowball, a pig, organized the farm and declaimed himself as leader. The animals were happy they finally can work for just themselves. But meanwhile, Napoleon, another pig, started stirring things up into tyranny. He trained puppies that nearly killed Snowball, and he became the dictator. Every animal had to agree with Napoleon, or else they would be killed. At last, Animal Farm became a dictatorship of pigs, and that ends the story. I would say this book is a tough read and recommend this book to deeper readers. The author's style of language was often hilarious, but this book as a whole fetches greater interpretation of the message conveyed. One last note, this book isn't really about animals...

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Farmyard animals band together to overthrow the evil farmer.

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