Animal Farm

Animal Farm

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One of Time magazine's 100 best English-language novels and the most famous of all twentieth-century political allegories.

This account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, is a universal drama. Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in Animal Farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message.

"A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times." - New York Times

"Remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history." - Malcolm Bradbury

"Orwell's satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written." - San Francisco Chronicle

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1993
ISBN: 9780679420392
0679420398
Branch Call Number: FIC ORWELL 1993
Characteristics: xliv, 113 pages ; 21 cm

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Orwell's classic novella is a satirical look at the Russian Revolution seen through the eyes of the barnyard residents of Mr Jones's Manor Farm.

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AnushaU
Sep 25, 2020

We’ve all heard about humans revolting and overthrowing a government, perhaps in history or in a novel. But what if animals could also revolt? What would happen then? In Animal Farm, George Orwell explores this very idea while using figurative language to get across a deeper message to the reader. Written in 1945, this novel takes place in a farm in England. It tells the story of a group of animals that rebel against the farm owner because they are being mistreated. The pigs are considered to be the smartest out of all them and initiate the revolution. Their goal is to create a free society in which all animals are equal. After chasing the owners out of the farm, Napoleon and Snowball become the leaders of the society. However, Napoleon aims to control the entire farm and the farm is returned to a state that was as bad as before.
The Animal Farm symbolizes the Russian revolution and the Soviet Union under Communist Party rule. As you read, you will see the characters being very similar to known people in history. For example, Old Major represents Karl Marx or Lenin, Napoleon represents Stalin, and Snowball is the intellectual Leon Trotsky. I loved that at first glance, Animal Farm may just seem like a kid’s tale about animals that can talk and act like humans, but this complex novel is so much more. It touches upon the topics of class, inequality, power, and control. For example, “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” I’ll now leave you with a quote by George Orwell that really gets you thinking. “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”

Age Rating: 12+
Star Rating: 4.5
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Mia_923
Aug 21, 2020

This book was published in 1945, 75 years ago, despite being written so long ago this book still connects with the society we have today.

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TheBorgQueen
Aug 20, 2020

Animal Farm is a novella by George Orwell. It depicts a farm with animals who overthrow the human farmer and his family after being tired of being used by humans. The animals run the farm themselves, wanting a place where animals can be free and have independence. However, as the story progresses, the animals slowly end up allowing themselves to be ruled once again, ending up in the same scenario as they were in before.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a simple fable that does not need much explanation to get a main overview. But if you look deeper into why the text was written, you can find how the author uses satire to create this story to warn against stalinism, which was prevalent at the time the novella was written. Overall, this book is very well written and definitely worth your time reading.

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karyn8787
Aug 18, 2020

Animal Farm by George Orwell is political satire in its purest form. Animal Farm tells the story of an uprising within a group of farm animals to overthrow the cruel humans that own them. The pigs lead this revolution in hopes of having fairer working and living conditions in the farm. While you can probably predict how well the animals’ attempt at democracy was considering it is a book about communism, I will just say that saying the pigs lost sight of their founding intentions is a massive understatement. Through this ridiculous plot Orwell explores the concept and consequences of communism and unchecked power.

Personally, I love Animal Farm and have read it multiple times. The novel is a hilarious yet strikingly accurate analysis of Stalinist Russia. However, there are still so many elements of the pigs and the farm that are still prevalent in modern day leaders and politics. It is chock full of intelligent metaphors that make it such an enjoyable yet relatively informative read. It was extremely interesting to read about how and why the animals’ attempt at government failed and see the parallels between the farm and Cold War-era and even modern society. Through the character of Napoleon, the leader of the farm, Orwell analyzes how these Communist leaders were able to take power and be so successful in captivating the people. Animal Farm is relatively short yet an incredibly witty and memorable read, I would definitely recommend this novel for everyone!

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IshaanGupta30
Jul 23, 2020

Animal Farm is an allegorical novel about a group of animals who want to take control of the farm they live on. Their owner is Farmer Jones and they do not like him. Therefore the animals get fed up with Farmer Jones, so they kick him out. The animals try to improve the farm however they run into troubles regarding leadership. The novel is a symbolism of The Communist Party with clear representations of Stalin and Trotsky.
In my opinion, this book is a very good book especially because it is written in a simple manner, and still conveys a strong message about communism in Russia. The book seems relatively simple on the first read but there are several layers of complexity to represent the Soviet government. The novel contains a fair amount of satire and humor, which personally is one of the main reasons why I recommend reading it.

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Anirudh_Kannan
Jul 17, 2020

Animal Farm is a short novel containing a lot of allegory, the novel can be closely resembled to a real life event known as the Russian Revolution. In the novel, the story is told through animals living in a farm. The animals are originally not well fed, and they are forced to live in brutal conditions by a human farmer. The animals eventually revolt and take over the farm. After the revolt, the pigs in the farm become more and more educated, they even learn how to read and write. The pigs begin to write a law code which every animal is forced to follow. Eventually the pigs become corrupt and start changing the law code to their own personal benefit. They even start to engage in business with humans. The rest of the novel revolves on how the situation with the pigs becomes closely similar with the situation with the humans.

As this novel is allegorical, this is a good read. I feel like the novel really expresses a lot of emotion, and it makes the reader engaged.

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RR_6
Jul 16, 2020

Animal Farm is an amazing book with amazing plot details that relate to Soviet era communism. It is the story of farm animals who rebel against their human owner to create a Utopia that revolves around equality, freedom, and happiness. This was never reached because of the greed that takes over the animals. Through the portrayal of the tyrant, Napoleon, this astounding book reveals all the downsides of Stalinism and Soviet era communism in a unique and eccentric way. It's a great book and I definitely recommend checking it out !

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suveen
Jul 13, 2020

Animal Farm
The novel Animal Farm was a pretty good book and painted a realistic picture of the Soviet Union in the past. This is a story about animals who live on a farm and overthrow the farmer because they want to live on their terms. There are rulers of the animals, the bigs, who are always in charge for good and for bad. Throughout the book, they take advantage of the animals’ undying loyalty to them. I disliked that the book had such a sad ending. Even though it was very well written and was captivating, the ending could have been more enjoyable. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys history and fables.

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usersjpl
Jun 30, 2020

George Orwell’s "Animal Farm" is about farm animals who overthrow their farmer’s authority over them due to being overworked and mistreated. With the farm to themselves, they try to create their own utopia. However, it slowly unravels into greed, manipulation, and tyranny. I recommend this to readers who know about the Russian Revolution as the author wrote the book to represent it. With that knowledge, it is easier to understand each character’s role, every object’s symbolism, and the author’s message. I find the use of animals as characters intriguing because they represent human society despite not being human. It keeps the story more interesting by trying to figure out what each animal represents, whether a prominent figure in the Russian Revolution or a human trait. This novel is a famous satirical allegory about the cycle of power abuse in human society. If you are interested in power, totalitarianism, society, and dystopia, this would be a great, thought-invoking novel to read.
Star Rating: 3
Age Rating: 14+

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juliawarrior
Jun 08, 2020

This book is one of my all-time favourites. George Orwell makes understanding the message of the book easy for all ages with an engaging story and fairly easy-to-understand writing.

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ArapahoeTina Dec 19, 2019

“Four legs good, two legs bad.”

ArapahoeTina Dec 19, 2019

“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.”

ArapahoeTina Dec 19, 2019

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

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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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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