Animal Farm

A Fairy Story

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Animal Farm
Penguin Putnam
Revisit Orwell’s classic satire Animal Farm

As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As readers witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, they begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization—and in the most charismatic leaders, the souls of the cruelest oppressors.

Baker & Taylor
A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government

& Taylor

Featuring a new preface, this classic satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government is once again brought to life for a new generation of readers. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, c1996
ISBN: 9780451526342
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC O
Characteristics: xxvii, 141 p. ; 19 cm.


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Jan 10, 2015
  • redban rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hopefully casual readers can read up on the historical context behind this classic as well as Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Otherwise, Orwell's fabulous non-fiction Homage to Catalonia is a great read to soak in some history while enjoying the story.

Aug 09, 2014
  • TOPGRADEMILK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book was really different. i've never come across a book like this one. definitely, original.

Owing to human nature the human society (even the coming "Post-Human" one) will be like Animal Farm. In the new Civilization, called "Post-Modern" and "Post-Industrial" and "Post-Human" society will be two-tier, with a peaceful working class without free will and a ruling class with free will - but the latter will be kept in line by the terror of the strict rules of their own group. This will be the final human Animal Farm, the peaceful Civilization of the future. This is spelled out unequivocally in Arthur Koestler's book "The Ghost In The Machine," available in libraries (1967). Certain Wise Men said: "Life is based on individualism, but individuals can be kept in line by terror only." This is the tragedy of Human Nature: freedom is not possible, not even for the rulers, if we want peace.

This is not a fairytale; this is about human nature and social systems. A book of a genius. I grew up in Communism and I can tell you this book describes exactly what the public and leaders of that system were and how they played their corrupt game. The farmer's system is Capitalism and the animals' system is Communism and this book shows how corrupt human nature corrupts each system. We are genetically programmed to be in conflict of interest with each other and I see this all the time in my everyday life. Already the children of kindergarten age behave like ugly predators with each other and only 1 or 2 out of 10 is different, peaceful, considerate. This human nature is the cause of the bloody history of humankind - Nature gave reason to a beast, who uses it for serving its beastly nature with rationalizations and schemes and lies. The Bio-Ethical Commission of Bush Jr. in 2003 in a report titled: "Beyond Therapy-The Use of Bio-Technology for The Pursuit of Happiness" (-of whom? do I ask) writes openly of genetically perfecting human nature by taking out the selfish motivation. Employers will give preference to the new type of human, so mothers will accept to have their ovules modified before birth. A Colloquium was held at Laval Univ. (Montreal) on this - this is already internationally decided and accepted, so it turns out from the comments at the Colloquium. So we will be gradually phased out and replaced by the New Common Man, a new worker breed that will be happy, peaceful, perform better and sleep less. (The top class will remain as they are today.) I have the sound recording of this from a Radio Canada broadcast. The Post-Human age is coming, and the present selfish crowd isn't aware of this.

Jul 09, 2014
  • jessicalin1452 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is an interesting book where it demonstrated the animals actions and relating to world situations THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!!

Jul 05, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is perhaps one of the greatest books that I happened to stumble upon in 7th grade and has taught be an extreme amount of valuable lessons. Always ask questions.

Dec 06, 2013
  • naturalist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Further reading: "Why Orwell Matters" ... by Hitchens, Christopher Eric 1949-2011 ... Basic Books 2002 ISBN: 0465030491. Sadly, the two copies in the Edmonton Public Library catalogued as 28.91209 ORW HIT ... were deleted. ... Try the UofA, St. Albert and Concordia.

Oct 12, 2013
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book interesting, though a bit disheartening.

Sep 22, 2013
  • Rainman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This novel repeatedly raises the famous question, "Are you going to believe me or your own eyes?" Too many of us tend to be Boxers, blindly believing that our leaders are looking out for our best interests. While Animal Farm parodies post-war communism and socialism, it should touch close to home for everyone. Are the ongoing adjustments to the 7 Commandments our very own interpretations of and selective attentions to the Ten Commandments? The Constitution?

Jul 24, 2013
  • Dgrewal26 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Funny and witty book. An easy introduction to George Orwell's style. Read 1984 if you enjoy this.

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Sep 21, 2013
  • Rainman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 21, 2012
  • VForce rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Long live Animal Farm! Long live Comrade Napoleon!

Aug 12, 2012
  • VForce rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Napoleon is always right!

May 02, 2012
  • ReadingintheCorner rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

Nov 01, 2009
  • PictoFace rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"All animals are equal, but some are more equal then others"

Nov 01, 2009
  • PictoFace rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"The creatures outside looked from man to pig, and from pig to man again, but already it was impossible to say which was which."


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