Animal Farm

A Fairy Story
Orwell, George, 1903-1950 (Book - 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.
Authors: Orwell, George, 1903-1950
Statement of Responsibility: by George Orwell ; with a foreword to the Centennial edition by Ann Patchett ; with a preface by Russell Baker ; introduction by C.M. Woodhouse
Title: Animal farm
a fairy story
Publisher: New York :, Plume :, Harcourt Brace,, [2003]
Edition: Centennial ed
Characteristics: xxix, 97 p. ;,21 cm.
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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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  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book interesting, though a bit disheartening.

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  • 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?

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  • 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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  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The print in this book is way too small for me. So I returned it and opted for the large print version. A small book. Should be able to finish it is 2-3 hours.

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  • mcanderton rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quick and easy read. It's an interesting parody on Russian Communism. The history of this novel is just as fascinating.


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  • tdk rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I felt like the only adult who hadn't read this book, yet. From the comments here it looks like it was loosely based on Russian Communism. I got the communism link but did not link to actual historical characters. All-in-all, I thought it was a good quick read of "be careful what you wish for" and how quickly corruption fro within can take over an Utopian society.

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  • VForce rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Parody on what happened in Soviets. Easy to read, but didn't impress me as much as 1984.

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  • 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...

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  • VForce rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Long live Animal Farm! Long live Comrade Napoleon!

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  • VForce rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Napoleon is always right!

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  • 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?

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  • PictoFace rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • 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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