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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,369,026 ratings  ·  20,749 reviews
Animal Farm is one of the most famous warnings ever written. Orwell's immortal satire - 'against Stalin' as he wrote to his French translator - can be read on many levels. With its piercing clarity and deceptively simple style it is no surprise that this novel is required reading for schoolchildren and politicians alike. This fable of the steadfast horses Boxer and Clover,...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Harvill Secker (first published 1945)
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Tys O No, it's just a story about animals on a farm; no allegory or hidden meaning. Great for ages 6-12.
Joseph Wills It could be for children, depending on their age. They wouldn't necessarily have to understand the book is satirical, but it would be quite…moreIt could be for children, depending on their age. They wouldn't necessarily have to understand the book is satirical, but it would be quite distressing for younger children when animals are killed. (less)

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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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Petra Xtra Crunchy
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 characters on the stage of communism (the old boar Major is Marx, Farmer Jones is the Tsar, the pi...more
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...more
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.

A perfect book. People will still be reading this in a thousand years time, when communism is just a footnote.
Mohammed Arabey
سيظل دائما جميع الحيوانات متساويين..الا ان بعض "الخنازير" ستري دائما انها "متساويه" اكثر من الاخرين
جورج اورويل عام 1943 يقدم لنا نموذج لثوره
ثوره ما من اجل عيش يتناسب مع العمل..من اجل حريه حقيقيه
ثوره ما من اجل الكرامه..ثوره من اجل العداله الاجتماعيه

ثوره نجحت في ازاله الضاغيه...ثوره 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

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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.
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
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،...more
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...more
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
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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
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sahar alimohammadi
با خواندن این کتاب به یاد همه انقلاب های جهان افتادم،خصوصا انقلاب اسلامی خودمان!
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 !
عظمة هذه الرواية كانت سببا في أن تدرس في المدارس والجامعات

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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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Then one terri
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
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...more
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
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
هي رواية رائعة بلا شك، استمتعت بها كثيرا.. أورويل عنده مقدرة عبقرية على نسج الأحداث، وسرده ممتاز..
ولكن استرعى انتباهي تصنيفها "من أعظم الأعمال"، فهي إسقاط مباشر جدا، سرد لتاريخ قيام الاتحاد السوفيتي، مع إبدال أسماء الشخصيات بأسماء حيوانات.. وأرجح أن سبب الشهرة العظيمة التي حازت عليها، هو مهاجتها للفكر الشيوعي وتصويرها للشيوعيين كخنازير ومعتنقي هذا الفكر كبهائم، وهو ما كان كفيلاً بإنجاح أي رواية تكتب في الغرب في الفترة من 1945 وحتى انهيار الدولة الشيوعية.

أورويل كاتب ممتاز، أسلوبه سلسل، وكذلك تسل...more
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
Once upon a time, there was a little farm, with little animals that got tired of serving a man, so they formed their own society and most of them ended up being exploited by their animal leaders.

This may sound like a simple story, but there is a bit more; it is not hard to see. An honest idea that later brings power to certain animals and after being corrupted by that power, they betray the supposedly “lower” beings. Ringing any bells? Can you compare that apparently simple book with our realit...more
روعة روعة بجد جسد حقيقه موجوده فى عصور كتير بداية من رغبة الأفراد فى التخلص من الاستعمار لقيام الثورة وشعور الأفراد فى حاله انتصارهم وحب الزعامه ومايتم استبداله من أهداف قامت عليها الثورة إلى أهداف شخصية نزاجية وتوضح شىء هام جدا انقلاب النعمه إلى نقمه فى حالة أن ينسى الفرد أهدافه الأصليه ويسير مع أهواءه الشخصيه من هنا تحدث المتاعب

كمان فى حاجة مهمه أخدت بالى منها فى القصه بتحصل فى الواقع الزعيم أو الشخص الثائر بمجرد أنه يقعد على كرسى السلطة بيتغير تماماً

وأكتر حاجة كانت مضيقانى سلبية الحيوانات وخ...more
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...more
Sarah ( Paris )

في صغري ،
أهداني والدي نسخة من هذه الرواية ..
هذه الروية كانت بوابتي إلى الأدب العالمي ..

ليس فقط ذلك ولكن الأدب الراقي ..

فـ الأحداث على أرض مزرعة الحيوان جميلة ومصاغة بروعة ..

الثورة .. الحاكم المستبد ..
وكيفية صناعة الدكتاتور ..

الشمولية ..

أمور أبدع جورج أورويل بالكتابة عنها في هذه الرواية ..

رواية عظيمة ..

The following message was found near the base of the windmill shortly after the Final Rebellion:

Still hiding in haymow to avoid Squealer and dog patrol.

We were promised so much if we helped in the overthrow of the humans. But now, the pigs drink all the milk and I get none. Idiots! Snowball can climb a ladder and paint words on the side of the barn but do you think one of them can figure out how to open a tin of tuna for me? I am left with nothing but field mice and the occasional sparrow.

Poor F...more
Douglas Teixeira
Jun 06, 2007 Douglas Teixeira rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
The book "Animal Farm" I hated so much. I have never read a book that bored me as much as this one. I only read this because I was required to as a class. This book made me want to sleep after every single word. But to not be so harsh I believe I disliked this book so much because it was something I would normally never read. Its one of those books that teaches you lessons as you go along reading others. One lesson i learned from the book was if I know something and i'm not planning to help any...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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“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” 2718 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.” 1314 likes
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