Animal Farm

Animal Farm

A Fairy Story

Book - 1951
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Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal.
Publisher: Harmondsworth : Penguin in association with Secker & Warburg, 1951, c1945 (1987 [printing])
ISBN: 9780140008388
0140008381
Characteristics: 119 p. ; 19 cm.

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padocarl
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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 06, 2016

Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is an allusion to the Russian Revolution. The manipulative pigs, Squealer and Napoleon, attempt to establish a dictatorship on the farm. They use the vicious dogs and the brainwashed sheep, among others, to achieve their goals. Using a variety of techniques, including the incitation of fear and circulation of propaganda, the pigs remain very much in control of the farm’s affairs. Animal Farm is written in a very simplistic fashion, allowing its themes to be understood even by young readers. While understanding the allusions in the book definitely make it more enjoyable, it is still incredibly entertaining without any knowledge of these historical references. The book still highlights the evils that exist within all people. Rating: 5/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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kisanet18
Aug 04, 2016

Orwell did a great job of symbolizing all the injustice that happens in name of an outside force and how simple minded people who do not educate themselves get taken advantage from, be it West for Soviet Russia, America.

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Alya_Queen
Aug 02, 2016

Napoleon's thirst for power is what twisted the initial values of "animalism". Snowball"s propaganda manipulated the other animals and they never really had the freedom they had first sought out.

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5houses
Jul 01, 2016

A great satire on the Russian Revolution...and what went wrong with it. You see how humans act (but through the animals at Animal Farm) when they get the power they want, as the pigs corrupt the ideal utopia at the farm by disregarding the rules that everyone has decided to follow.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 30, 2016

Animal Farm is one of those books deemed a classic, and is written by the renowned George Orwell. This is a book which delves deep into political science without all the boring details and keeps it entertaining to those who wish to enjoy this story. While at first glance it seems silly, but as you read more and more of the story you begin to understand just what this story is saying. So, while i don’t think this is a story for everyone, I believe this is one which an older audience can enjoy just for the concepts presented and how they are shown.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

An allegory of the philosophy of Stalinism, Animal Farm is a story that focuses mostly on one important concept- the corruption that can result from power. In the simple setting of a farm, Orwell depicts an ironical plot where the farm animals revolt against the humans’ treatment of them and establish their own society, only to have their leaders, the pigs, end up treating them the same or even worse. Many satirical and ironical elements occur throughout the book, and personally I enjoyed the book immensely. Whereas the situations happening in the book are uncomplicated and are seemingly harmless, but each step where corruption grows amongst the leaders is subtle yet instantly realized as the story continues. Many different scenarios are created in order to demonstrate this corruption, each corresponding ironically to the seven commandments of Animalism declared at the beginning of the book. Rated 5/5 for well-paced bold ideas that accurately portray the concept of “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
- @interneuron of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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icyfire77
Jun 29, 2016

The only problem with this book is that it is much too short, and that's more personal bias than anything.

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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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5houses
Jul 01, 2016

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icyfire77
Jun 29, 2016

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cathleen_monahan
Feb 07, 2016

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whsun
Jan 16, 2016

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Sep 23, 2014

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Mar 24, 2014

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Feb 20, 2013

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Jul 12, 2012

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Mar 17, 2012

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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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