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Animal Farm / 1984

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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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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
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.

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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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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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
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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
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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
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
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
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Mar 20, 2014 aoi aka is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Animal Farm made me very uncomfortable, to the point that I wanted to stop reading.

This is my first time reading it. I read the introduction at the beginning and was intrigued by it. It more or less said that Animal Farm described Communism in Russia. And in light of recent events in Ukraine and Crimea, I was curious to see how true it was.

And basically I had my mind blown. It was an almost play-by-play of the rise of Communism and its launch into history. There were times when I wanted to yell...more
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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.
These books are definitive proof that "absolute power corrupts absolutely." Orwell shows how fear, hate, and ignorance can lead to oppression, and we are chilled by its portrayal...We are also reminded of how important it is to think for ourselves, and remain vigilant when it comes to social and political issues.
Santiago Mejía Dugand
Simplemente fantástico. La manera en que Orwell logra describir un sistema, su surgimiento, su climax y su decaimiento es de respeto.

Rebelión en la granja es una fábula que deja muchas enseñazas acerca de la naturaleza (animal)humana.

Una lectura muy recomendada!
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.
The book consists of two novels, Animal Farm and 1984. I liked Animal Farm more than 1984, but overall, the book is great.

Animal Farm Review
The story is a political satire of the Russian revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century. I think the book is enjoyable whether or not you are aware of the historical events that happened when the book was published, in 1945. George Orwell wrote this book as a criticism to the Soviet regime at the time when it had relatively good relations with t...more
Jeffrey Schoenberger
Reading Animal Farm is sort of like watching "Casablanca". You have many "so that's where the cliche comes from" moments; except, of course, it wasn't a cliche when Orwell was the first to do it.
Sep 23, 2008 Azeem rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: free thinkers
Recommended to Azeem by: orwell did
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I learned that pigs are total jerks, and socialism will never work with farm animals! They're too stupid. Humans, however will get it right eventually. I have faith. Orwell is amazing.
I was read this book by my fifth grade teacher and loved it. Once I got older, though, I read it again to fully appreciate it and that I did! Definitely a must-read.
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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.

Considered perhaps the twentieth century's best chronicler of English culture, Orwell wrote fi...more
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