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ANIMAL FARM

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture. It is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer...more
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 1945)
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Mariel
Oct 21, 2011 Mariel added it
Recommends it for: m.d.
Recommended to Mariel by: witches saw the future
Celebrity Death Match tournament versus Macbeth.
In a galaxy that's this one and today only most people don't realize it because it scrolls on the screen in teeny tiny neon green letters with a sterile surgical instrumental backdrop. Or CNN. Once upon a time that's today. There was a MAN and a Big Brother and they were one and the same. What about the sisters?
"You could be big brother, you know. People always ask who the MAN is supposed to be. You're a man, aren't you? Although it has been some t...more
Maria Stancheva
За "1984"
Отдавна не съм давала 5 звезди на чисто художествена литература, но книгата е прекрасна.
Започнах я с доза скептицизъм, тъй като очаквах да не ми хареса, точно защото е хвалена отвсякъде, а аз съм се научила да имам едно наум за такива книги.
Каква беше моята изненада, когато установих, че книгата е умна,с кратки изречения,носещи максимален ефект и гениален подбор на думи. Думите, те правят красотата на тази книга. Авторът ги използва като инструменти, като една дума на едно място може...more
Chad Warner
These are Orwell's most famous books. Both are dystopian tales of the dangers of a totalitarian government.

Similarities between the books:
The government knows best.
The intelligentsia seize power.
The naive proletariat are oppressed and kept ignorant.
The government bends or breaks its own rules for its benefit.
The government uses propaganda to keep the proletariat in check.
The government rewrites history to prove that it's correct and that life is better with the government than it was before the...more
Taymara Jagmohan
I have finished only Animal Farm, and this book is most certainly a single chapter of good, gracious continental life. It's wonderful. I did read this paragon when I was 13, and now I have grown, but this book remained my personified retinue. It's beautiful.

Animal Farm is based on the tropics of hard-working animals, governed by the tyranny stimulated by (Napolean and Snowball) -
I cannot give an explanation or a review for this book, because it is too graceful. It makes you feel the need to eat...more
Markus Molina
I love 1984, I love Animal Farm, and I love George Orwell. There is so much wisdom and depth to these two stories and there is so much that has been written or said about them, it would be a struggle to review them without subconsciously regurgitating all the good things I've heard. I just feel like both of these stories, and especially 1984 should be read by everyone. I believe it helps you appreciate what you got and to question everything you hear. I believe they are some of the most thought...more
Jongalt
Its quite unique how he portrays his characters as animals. And its often hilarious. But once again...hes a socialist...this is what he wants...why does he trash it here but fight for it in real life? But I have to thank him just like I did for 1984 for making a great book explaining the pitfalls of socialism.

Overall:
Storyline is funny yet serious.
You hate pigs more after your done.
You realize that George Orwell is a hypocrite.
Read it and feel great we aren't to this point...yet.
Larry Bassett
What was George Orwell saying to his readers of the eighty-four pages of Animal Farm in 1945?
The animals huddled about Clover, not speaking. The knoll where they were lying gave them a wide prospect across the countryside. Most of Animal Farm was within their view – the long pasture stretching down to the main road, the hayfield, the spinney, the drinking pool, the ploughed fields where the young wheat was thick and green, and the red roofs of the farm buildings with the smoke curling from the
...more
Hillary
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Shaun
This collection contains two of Orwell's greatest works that most certainly complement each other and are thus worth reading together. Yet because I wrote a separate review for Animal Farm, I will stick to 1984 in this review.

Not only can Orwell write with the best of them, but his philosophical and intellectual insights are notable. A story about one man's ultimately futile resistance against a powerful and totalitarian regime, 1984 illustrates how absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I think wh...more
Olga
«Η Φάρμα των Ζώων» είναι το διαχρονικό έπος όπου δεν υπάρχει διάκριση στο περιτύλιγμα της υπόστασης της πτωτικής εξουσίας: ο δυνατός πάντα θα μπαίνει στον πειρασμό να εξουσιάζει (ακόμα κι αν ο ίδιος έχει υποφέρει από τον εξουσιαστή του) και ο αδύναμος πάντα θα βρίσκεται σε ανάγκη οποιαδήποτε εύκαιρης καθοδήγησης. Ακόμη κι αν κάποιος δεν αναλώνεται με καπιταλιστικά ή κομμουνιστικά κόμματα, η έννοια της εξουσίας είναι πάντα παρούσα σε όλες τις εκφράσεις των ανθρώπινων σχέσεων.
Logan Barnett
1) I decided to read this book because many years ago, at primary school to be precise, I watched the movie version of the book. This made me really want to read the book, however, I have never managed to find the time! It was also recommended to me by my sister of whom has a great relationship with animals.
2) Favorite character? Hmm... This is a hard question to answer, for I formed relationships with nearly all of the animals. (yes, even some of the Pigs) However, if I was forced into choosing...more
Cindy
Animal Farm is reviewed here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

1984 - a terrifying look into the future that seems more possible with each passing day. The writing still stands up, and though 1984 is long in the past, and we still aren't quite living the the horrid oligarchy of Engsoc - we have traveled too far down the path for comfort. I'm pinning my hopes on the proletariat, and hoping I'm not wrong.
Cori M
The book "Animal Farm" slowly draws you in. The beginning is a bit slow... but once you read further you can't put the book down. I love how this book shows communism in a different way, and how the author reveals it. I have to admit that the transitions are a bit hard to understand. After every chapter something new will take place and make you wonder if you skipped out on any extra information or you have some pages stuck together. I love how the animals take on human characteristics and go th...more
Opica
Kot bi bral kratko zgodovino Slovenije od osamosvojitve naprej. Vsi so zraven.
Dylan Mcintosh
I read Animal Farm once a decade. It is a quick read that constantly reminds me that I need to keep the blinders off and not take everything for granted.

I have a strange desire for bacon for some reason.
Kaira
This review is for 1984.

The idea of everything you say and do being watched, when even language and memory is being manipulated. This book jolted me, scared me. Books like this make you think, and serve as a warning.

The story itself is good and well written. Even though practically the whole book is Winston's thoughts, the narrative feels distant. I didn't mind this, but thought I'd mention it.

The thing I didn't like about the book was the sexual content. Mostly I was still able to skim and ski...more
Ho Christopher
Animal Farm is a somewhat related to 1984, but a lot shorter and maybe a more macro view of things as compared to 1984. This is a big compliments to 1984 and in my opinion, should be read first, and then follow by 1984.

Animal Farm really is the story of how communist overthrown the existing government and is finally ruled by the animals. Not long after, the animals began to see that this rule is not as fair as what they once thought were or what they had envisioned, would it be better to be rule...more
Celsi May
I believe the purpose of George Orwell’s Animal Farm is to demonstrate the harmful effects of communism. Orwell wrote this novel during The Russian Revolution. I believe he thought communism wouldn't function properly and he wrote Animal Farm to convince his readers. Communism is described as a system of government where everyone is equal and without social classes. As shown in Animal Farm, the problems of not having a leader can lead to tragedy. Usually the more intelligent individuals manipula...more
Alex
What can i say about a book that is as revered and called up consistently like 1984, I originally read both Animal Farm and 1984 in the 6th grade so i wanted to read them again because i didn't really remember too much about them and i will never regret doing so. Animal Farm was and incredibly unexpected treat filled with witty digs at those in control but more than anything an unexpected underlying humor to Orwell's retelling of many governments histories. Now to get to what many see as Orwell'...more
Abe
Somehow I missed reading these in school. My loss! What amazing books, particularly given that they were written 65 years ago. I certainly understand why they are considered classics, and I suspect they will remain that way for a long time to come.

Animal Farm, a parable in a novella, is a timeless description of the corrupting influence of power, and the ability of a ruling elite to consolidate it (to the ultimate ruination of all). The use of animals in place of people is really quite brilliant...more
Amie
Feb 01, 2009 Amie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my sisters since we often suffer from being manipulated by pigs
Recommended to Amie by: eric blair
What's not to like about the book? It was fun, simple read with an interesting storyline. Yes, I get that it was meant to be about Stalin and WWII, but the ignorant can enjoy the fabulistic aspect of it just as much. And if you must find a learning lesson out of it, why not be convinced that pigs are one of the smartest creatures on 4 legs. In folklore terms, eating the meat of the pig is said to contribute to lack of morality and shame, plus greed for wealth, laziness, indulgence, dirtiness and...more
Joe
The original, unabridged texts composed by George Orwell, accompanied by an introduction supplied by Christopher Hitchens in 2003, when he had only a few years to live.
The two main stories in this volume, Animal Farm and 1984 respectively, are of course fascinating on a moral as well as intellectual level; the insight supplied by Hitchens in his introduction only confirms their place in the pseudo-political canon, and adds enlightening details about Orwell's personal and professional life that...more
Kayli Warden
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Sean Morlan
Jan 09, 2012 Sean Morlan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All students
Recommended to Sean by: AP Euro History teacher
During the late 1900's communism affected many areas in Eastern Europe to Soviet Russia. Radical and non-radicalist socialists favored the Soviet Union and its beliefts. However George Orwell, author of Animal Farm, did not belief that the Union best represented the ideas of a socialist.

Animal Farm, a book written similarily to Aesop's fables, uses animals to depict the leaders of communist government. Animal farm was written to attack Stalinist Russia during the 1900's. Russia at the time unst...more
Zack
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Ila
A beautiful and subtle commentary on communism in Russia after the Russian Revolution.
Through the medium of fable, Orwell has shown us how blatantly cruel, exploitative and corrupt the new rulers of communist Russia(Mainly Stalin, but also Trotsky)were. The simple and yet wonderfully profound and elegant dialogue between the animals in the novel makes it easy for even a child(wike me!!)to understand the ultimate moral of the story- Power corrupts.
Morgan
I somehow managed to get all through high school and college without ever reading 1984 (everyone read it Sophomore year, except my class, and the only reason I read Animal Farm in high school was that it got snuck into Senior year AP English II, between Hamlet and Waiting for Godot). But I've been on a dystopian kick lately, and since I'd never read it I desperately wanted to, so I ransacked my boxes of books for my copy (including pencil drawing of a pig with the hammer and sickle on its stomac...more
James
Sep 13, 2014 James added it
Read with one eye on the news.
Nesrine
One night, all the animals at Mr. Jones' Manor Farm assemble in a barn to hear old Major, a pig, describe a dream he had about a world where all animals live free from the tyranny of their human masters. old Major dies soon after the meeting, but the animals — inspired by his philosophy of Animalism — plot a rebellion against Jones. Two pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, prove themselves important figures and planners of this dangerous enterprise. When Jones forgets to feed the animals, the revolution...more
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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.

Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC. In 1943, he became literary ed...more
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