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Animal Farm

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,563,906 ratings  ·  24,545 reviews
Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.
Paperback, Penguin Student Edition, 106 pages
Published 1999 by Penguin Books (first published 1945)
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Tys O'Shea No, it's just a story about animals on a farm; no allegory or hidden meaning. Great for ages 6-12.
Anne It is a good read for kids. I read and enjoyed it when I was age 12 and read it purely as a story about animals. A knowledge of politics and satire is…moreIt is a good read for kids. I read and enjoyed it when I was age 12 and read it purely as a story about animals. A knowledge of politics and satire is not a prerequisite for enjoyment of Animal Farm. It is satirical, it is political, but at the same time its a great story.(less)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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Petra X
Review edited to include (at the end) Amazon's very Orwellian involvement with this book.

This is not really a review, but one of those moments where everything that was clear to you suddenly becomes utterly muddied and you really can't say what lies beneath the murky waters although a moment before you were sure you could.

I'm reading Christopher Hitchen's astonishingly percipient and brilliant Arguably: Essays. I read Animal Farm too young to identify the individual animals with actual character
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Tessa De Guzman
Aug 26, 2007 Tessa De Guzman added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: curious children
Funnily enough, i read this book as a child and thought that it really WAS about animals. I remember thinking, Evil Pigs, I'm glad you're bacon in MY world, and Poor Hardworking Horsies, come live on my farm instead. You can have all the hay and makopa you want (sadly, no apples, tropical climate).

I reread it after education spoiled my natural inclinations for fast and absolute punishment of evildoers and eternal rewards for the good. I do find it pleasantly strange that these animals are symbol
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بثينة العيسى

جورج أورويل عبقري بشكل مزعج. يكتب رواية أبطالها حيوانات في مزرعة ويخيل إليك بأن الأمر سيكون سخيفاً، أو شبيها بقصص الأطفال. على العكس، جورج أورويل نقل الواقع بكابوسيته، وجعل التاريخ أكثر قابلية للفهم، وشرح لنا باختصار كيف يمكن أن يتحول الإنسان إلى خنزير والخنزير إلى إنسان.

رواية جديرة بوقتك بالتأكيد.
Mohammed Arabey
سيظل دائما جميع الحيوانات سواسية..الا ان بعض "الخنازير" ستري دائما انها "متساوية" اكثر من الاخرين

جورج اورويل عام 1943 يقدم لنا نموذج لثورة
ثورة ما من اجل عيش يتناسب مع العمل..من اجل حرية حقيقية
ثورة ما من اجل الكرامة..ثورة من اجل العدالة الاجتماعية

ثورة نجحت في ازالة الضاغية...ثورة نجحت في جعل الارض كلها حقا للثوار
صارت ارضهم وملكهم..صار خيرها كله لهم..صاروا يملكون زمام امورهم
صاروا يتغنون نشيد نصرهم...فرحين بحريتهم..يرون في المستقبل فقط رخائهم

آل التنظيم الي جماعه من الخنازير..يقودها اثنان

الاول اختار
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Manny

A perfect book. People will still be reading this in a thousand years time, when communism is just a footnote.
أميــــرة
إذا قرأت "مزرعة الحيوانات" ولم تعلم أن كاتبها إنجليزي لربما ظننت أنه عربي الأصل! وإذا قرأتها وأنت لا تعلم أنها كُتِبت عام 1943 لربما حسبتها إصدارًا حديثًا!
بعد أن أنهيتها قرأت عنها بعض الدراسات النقدية من نقّاد مختلفي الجنسيات، وقد أجمعوا على أن تفرُّد أورويل يرجع إلى أنه كتب رواية تصلح لأي زمان ومكان.

كتبها أورويل تأثُرًا بالحرب العالمية الثانية، وكانت "المزرعة" هي الإتحاد السوفييتي، وكان لكل شخصية في الرواية من يقابلها في ذلك الوقت. ورغم ذلك عندما تقرأها ستجد في رمزيتها تقاربًا شديدًا مع واقعنا،
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Sabine
I absolutely loved this book. It wasn't boring to me at all. I think 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 for Iran or Terrorists for the United states.
Lou
Animal Farm was such a great book and demands a re-read. That time is way overdue it has been a while since I read this and I was trying to find a way to review what Orwell was trying to convey in this story. I found couple of good reviews that put it so much better in perspective so why try myself when it's been written about by so many people. When I read it again in the not so distant future I will add my own thoughts So here's to what some readers wrote in a couple of other websites.

Power co
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Sita Sargeant
Oct 07, 2011 Sita Sargeant rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone should read it at least once
Recommended to Sita by: A few different people...
Shelves: own, classic, reviewed, nl
Animal Farm is one of those classic books that I’m always hearing people talk about. People are always telling me it’s one of those books you just have to read before you die (even though I don't plan on dying anytime soon, I thought I would get the book out of the way). So, when I found the book in my dads collection I thought “why not? Let’s see what all the fuss is about.”

I can now see what all the fuss was about. This book was amazing and I am really glad that I finally took the time to rea
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أحمد
استمتعت بقرائتها منذ عشرة سنوات! استمتعت بقرائتها منذ ثلاث سنوات! واستمتعت بقرائتها منذ شهرين! القصة أصبحت جزءا من خلايا دماغي. لا أنساها إلا لأتذكرها عندما أمر في حياتي بموقف يذكرني بها. وما أكثرها من مواقف!

أحمد الديب
ديسمبر 2008
Gaurav
George OrwellI got stunned for a while when I finished Animal Farm-a masterpiece from George Orwell- for the novella depicts our society so perfectly- the role of power, how corrupts those who are apex of a social system and eventually they eliminate their competitors, and it happens with almost every social system, it's like a treatise on our society.




Napolean is not inherently evil, Napoleon's subsequent adoption of nearly all of Mr. Jones' principles and after that the animals treat fellow ani
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Zinta
It wasn't my first stay on the farm. I'd read Orwell as a girl, one with ethnic roots reaching back to the Baltic States (Latvia) then occupied by the Soviet Union, and so having grown up on stories of human cruelty and betrayal, of human nature gone corrupt when faced with the seduction of power -- all of that rather than the common, soothing fairy tale. For that reason, I surely understood it on a deeper level than most of my peers. I was fifteen the first of many times I visited the Soviet Un ...more
Meridyforgot
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 11, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Angus Miranda
Animal Farm is a significant novel for the Western World. George Orwell wrote this in 1943 as a tirade against the Soviet Union. Orwell was born to a poor family so he did not enjoy his early years of schooling as a boy at Eton because his classmates were rich. As a young man, he went to serve the British Army in Burma and he also did not enjoy it because Burmese people hated British people as they were the colonizers. During WWII, Russia was an ally of Great Britain so the British government ba ...more
mai ahmd
من أعظم الروايات التي كتبت بلغة الرمز ... الرمز الذي يدعوك للإبتسام لسببين شدة الإجادة وشعور بالرضا لأن مثل هذه الرواية تقدم قضايا باقية بقاء الإنسان
ذلك الوضع الذي يتكرر في كل زمان ومكان
أغلب شخصيات الرواية من الحيوانات ستجد بسهولة لها مثيلا في الواقع فهناك المنافق , السارق , اللامبالي , المناضل بدون قضية !
وآخرين
عظمة هذه الرواية كانت سببا في أن تدرس في المدارس والجامعات

Nicole~
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Once upon a time on a farm, animals revolted against the unfair treatment they suffered at the hands of humans. They shouted in the fields: "Man serves the interests of no creature except himself. And among us animals let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle. All men are enemies. All animals are comrades." And so, a new order formed - initially with good intent - and all the animals, even the illiterate ones, agreed to abide by its newly written commandments:


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Jean
George Orwell's Animal Farm is undeniably one of the best short novels ever written in the English language. It is a deceptively simple tale, which even older children could read. About an animal uprising, it is written in the style of a fable, and yet it can be read on so many levels. It is clearly both a satire and an allegory, a dystopian tale, and its author George Orwell made no secret of what regime, and which politicians, he was so mercilessly parodying. Yet as with all great novels, it s ...more
Mario
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.

I'm gonna keep this short. This is one of those books that everyone needs to read at least once. It perfectly describes today's society, even though it was written 70 years ago.

Brilliant book that proves how big of a genius Orwell was, and I'll definitely go back to re-read it many, many times.
sahar alimohammadi
با خواندن این کتاب به یاد همه انقلاب های جهان افتادم،خصوصا انقلاب اسلامی خودمان!
Fahad
مزرعة الحيوان

ربما هو شعور طفولي مدفون، ذلك الذي يجعلنا نستمتع دائماً بالقصص الرمزية، ربما هي فرحة الطفل بلعبة توصيل الخطوط ما بين الأشياء، أو ربما هي شهوة النميمة التي تجعلنا نتحرق ونحن نقرأ قصة رمزية إلى معرفة المقصود بها.

وهذه قصة رمزية كتبها أورويل بهدف يحدده بنفسه عندما يقول "ما من شيء ساهم في إفساد المعنى الأصلي لمذهب الاشتراكية أكثر من الاعتقاد بأن روسيا بلد اشتراكي، وأن كل فعل يصدر عن القادة السوفيات ينبغي تبريره بل محاكاته، لهذا السبب أصبحت مقتنعاً في السنوات العشر الماضية بأن تدمير الأ
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Stephanie
A deceptively simple story that has been described in some places as an adult fairy tale... it is also dystopian and satirical.

The story starts with the animals planning an uprising against the humans. They are well organized in crafting their plan and with the way that Jones (the farmer) treats them, I would have to say that I enjoyed the way that these animals were able to execute the revolt!!

The first year, the animals are better off than before. The society is more of a democracy primarily l
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Matt
Keep your Melville, with his dense, Scripture-based allusions. Stow your Dostoevsky, with his endless psychological babbling. Retain your Hawthorne, with all his thee-and-thou-studded dialogue. Instead, give me George Orwell, a writer of classics that are as easy to understand as any book by Ricahrd Scarry or Stan & Jan Berenstain.

Oh, to be sure, there is something to be said of the struggle and the rewards of some of classic literature's heftier entries. This is especially true if you can
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Ariel
One of my favourite classics. Absolutely brilliant. Just great. Read it in Grade 11 and never looked back! Really introduced me into loving classics.
Kristen
Apr 02, 2008 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I felt like this was one of the best books I have ever read. I was left with a crazy feeling in my stomach of sadness and awe, because I believe Orwell has wrote a masterpiece. At first, before reading it, I was nervous I would not see the satire and I would not connect it to Communism. Yet it was blantantly obvious and while pulling the readers to sympathize with animals like Boxer and Benjamin, one could dare to predict what would happen next and come to hate the pigs and Napoleon. At first, i ...more
Alex
Let's get this out of the way immediately: Animal Farm is not a satire of socialism as a concept. It's clearly not. That it was ever taken as such (as I was taught in middle school) is an example of exactly what it and 1984 warned against: the dissemination of an outright lie for political purposes, believed by sheep. Because this is the same book 1984 is: it warns against totalitarianism, the corruption of the democratic socialist ideal that George Orwell fervently believed in. It's a critique ...more
Lotte
*4.5/5 stars.
Oh, how I love these kind of books that are incredibly quick and easy reads that simultaneously hold a revolutionary, multi-layered and eye-opening message. Animal Farm was this kind of book.
I'm not going to say much more about it, since I've read too many reviews already and there isn't anything new I could add to the conversation. All I'm going to say is: GO READ IT!
--- read for the #5books7days challenge
MJ Nicholls
It is almost as if George dislikes Stalin and his cronies! I mean who among us has never set up a group on the basis of democratic voting and then decided strong autocratic leadership is better, plus more comfy and lovely, for us? I mean who can honestly say we inhabit a nation where equality, at any time in history, ever existed or ever worked for less than a delusional four weeks? Equality is one of those concepts— like the Bogey Man or Bill Withers—that sounds nice in principle but doesn’t qu ...more
Amal Gamal
احترت في تصنيف هذه الرواية أهي من الأدب الساخر الذي يسخر من أفعال البشر في سياستهم
أم من الأدب الواقعي فهي حقًا واقيعه.
ستشعر وأنت تقرأ هذه الرواية أن كل شخصية من شخصيات هذه الحيوانات سواءً من الخنازير التي تعمل وهدفها الأول نفسها كمن يقول أنا ومن بعدي الطوفان والخيول التي تجد وتعمل بكل طاقتها وعيبها الوحيد عدم فهمها لما يحدث حولها والبط والأوز والغنم والكلاب واه من الكلاب
أنها تقابل شخصية انسانية ربما تتذكرها بالأسم وأنت تقرأ.

وبعد ما رأيت من أفعال الكلاب وانتباهي لكون أكثر من يسب الآخر يكون بهذا
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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.

In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperia
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“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” 3420 likes
“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.” 1654 likes
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