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Animal Farm

A Fairy Story

Orwell, George, 1903-1950

(Paperback - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Animal Farm
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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.
Publisher: New York : Plume : Harcourt Brace, [2003]
Edition: Centennial ed
ISBN: 0452284244
9780452284241
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC O
Characteristics: xxix, 97 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jan 26, 2015
  • redmage rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Animal Farm is a great book if your looking for a quick thought provoking read. But after reading the end I found it lacking. I had previously read some of his essays (which I highly recommend) and to be honest, I found that Animal Farm fell short, that it lacked the full skill that I had previously seen in Orwell's works. But I still found it enjoyable as a cleverly written satire. with an original twist in including the animals. All in all, a good book, that has an important lesson for everyone regarding the Russian revolution and dictatorship.

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.

Nov 14, 2014
  • naturalist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reference: . . . “Why Orwell Matters” . . by Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011, Basic Books, 2002 ISBN: 9780465030491

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 20, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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...

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.

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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!

Jul 12, 2012
  • richardhe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 10, 2012
  • sabita9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I look from man to animal and then man to animal and couldn't distinguish.

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

"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."

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."

Jul 21, 2008
  • kokosowe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"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.

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Jul 20, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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...

Farmyard animals band together to overthrow the evil farmer.

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