Animal Farm by George OrwellAnimal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm

byGeorge Orwell

Mass Market Paperback | July 29, 2008

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Renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey's new look for Orwell's timeless satire 'All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.' Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges. . . Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power.
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was...
Title:Animal FarmFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7.05 × 4.37 × 0.29 inPublished:July 29, 2008Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing One of my new favorite books. The end gave me goosebumps.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Classic Orwell Really great book. Super relevant political themes.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun to read I am a slow reader, and found myself reading the whole book in a week.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the great allegories of our time Orwell is one of the greats, and Animal Farm is a simply written, yet deeply layered, story. Still tremendously relevant and prophetic to this day. The story itself is enjoyable, and to be honest, the ominous feeling you have reading it, is also enjoyable. A must read for any contrarian and skeptic of the human race and their motivations.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read A great read that will always stay relevant whatever the political climate.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic for a reason I think this is a very important read. In addition to that it's highly enjoyable. On one hand, it's a fairy tale, while on the flip-side it's a political satire of the soviet union. The story is very short, which is perfect on a long commute or for busy schedules.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! For such a short read, it is incredibly insightful and really gets you thinking.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Such an impressive yet simple piece of literature. Made me want to read all of Orwell's books.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Orwell Insightful in such a simple way, showcases the cyclical nature of revolution in the wrong hands.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed An amazing book, I would recommend anyone would read for all ages.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! it's a classic for a reason!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read So glad I finally read this book. Couldn't put it down. It really gets you thinking!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read for When I first read this, I couldn't put it down. I've recommended it to several people. I'm actually currently waiting for a classmate to return my copy. Much easier to read than 1984.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was really surprised by this book This is not like the typical books that I would read, but I had to read this book for school and I actually really enjoyed it! George Orwell's take on the Russian Revolution was very clever. I know a book that revolves around talking animals seems childish, but that was certainly not the case with this book. The way the different animals used their natural abilities to work the farm was very creative and definitely had to come from an outside-the-box thinker like George Orwell. This book does not have a lot of pages, but Orwell manages to create an amazing story that makes you think.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Really great book to get one to think about how we are shaped by our world and it politics and how we act/react to it. Must read.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Political Read A great book to get you think about politics and how our society act and reacts to our current culture. A must read for all.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Timeless I first read this early in high school and didn't fully appreciate how important this book is. Now that I have a better understanding of politics and government, I am able to see how relevant it continues to be.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have A staple in any Orwell collection
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great english classic This book is a must have in all the bookshelves of any book lover. It is a pure English classic tale. The metaphors and the writing, just exquisite. We were "forced" to read this novel in school-- man am I glad they made us!! Loved it very very much.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Timeless Despite it's age, this is a story offers a metaphor for the downfalls of modern politics.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Animal farm Had to read this in High School, liked it. Shows that power does overwhelm people, especially governments and politics, but represented on a farm.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from creepy yet satisfying read this in class and was shocked and horrified throughout the book
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic A must read for anyone, it's short what's your excuse!?
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourities It's a satire on political systems and ideologies. It's a lot of fun and the ending gets a powerful message across to the reading.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! I first read this book back in high school. When I first read it, I did not like it, however, as a young adult, I read it again and absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it My first Orwell book. I couldn't put it down. It really makes you think about the parallels in both in the past and in the world today.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Animal Farm Intelligent though it draws you in emotionally as well. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Even to this day this book holds it's relevancy. It's short and poignant, with humour and wit weaving an all too realistic political atmosphere. Must read
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read. Read this in high school and it's a great read with a strong underlying message. Cool how the animals are based on real life people.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprisingly a longer read It took quite a bit for me to really get into animal farm so it took longer to read then you would expect. Clear why it's a classic and the incredible symbolism behind the book, make sure you go into this book expecting to read something complex
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring Again, I couldn't get into the book as a kid in high school and I still can't get into it as an adult.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgetable First read this book in middle school, but will never forget the message it conveyed. Still relevant, and will always be relevant!
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Very short book but has a great message
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to the Hype Very good, and thought provoking piece of classic literature. Recommended; themes of totalitarianism, and the corruption of communism.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Short book but a great message
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK I know it's a classic but I didn't find it very interesting. I didn't like the plot and the evil pigs.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Not too long, great message.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute power corrupts absolutely What a classic book! He writes such thought provoking ideas in such an easy and understandable manner. I would recommend anyone to read it and I can't imagine someone not enjoying it.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy yet Interesting Read I found the parallels drawn in this book to be very interesting. It was the most engaging book I've ever read for a literature class. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Orwell Story Quick read and found I had to go back a second time to allow it all to sink in. After finishing the second round it definitely had me questioning aspects of society.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read It gets its point across efficiently. I enjoyed this, though it was a little heavy handed in the social commentary department. The characters themselves are somewhat flat relying mostly on the subject they are personifying to make them unique. This is less a story for entertainment and more of a cautionary tale.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story and there are lessons to be learn here...
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK I did not like this as much as 1984, but it was still an interesting read.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from clever this orwell classic is a commentary on real life events when it was written. great read.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite George Orwell novel I've read 1984, of course, and I think it's a great book, but something about this book really stuck with me. I can see why it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's great. I like that his books don't really end on a positive note. This is a short read, so if anyone was wondering whether they should try it, I say go for it; if you don't like it, you won't have wasted too much time.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Orwell was one of the greatest authors to ever grace the world of literature.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable I cannot say how much I loved this book. I was into it from page one. Such a cool concept where animals have power and a voice!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book! This is one of my all time favorites!
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read It's a bit anachronistic, a product of its time and place. Yet, at just over a hundred pages, you won't be disappointed by picking it up.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Classic As a big fan of George Orwell, I was happy to read this book. Although I'm not a big fan of novels from the perspective of animals, Orwell did a great job by mixing in animals with political aspects.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting read! Not sure what took me so long to pick this up to read, but glad I did. No wonder it's a classic!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting It was an interesting, quick read. Especially when you view this story as commentary on society. Definitely makes you think.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book Finally gave into my mom's pressuring and read Animal Farm. I'm only sorry it took me this long. Absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down I couldn't put this book down once I started! So good, for readers of all ages.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic! really good book, must read
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This is a brief and easy to follow parable about how a society goes from a democracy to a full-blown totalitarian state. It is a reminder to any free society that unless it remains vigilant, a group of power-hungry individuals can, over a period of time, seize control over a weary and unsuspecting society with propaganda, revisionist history and empty promises. But in order to understand and appreciate what the story is truly about, you must be able to look beyond the fact that the book is about animals on a farm. This book can only be enjoyed if you're able to spot the political parallels and parodies.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favorite! Amazing book full of symbolism and good interpretation of communism.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Loved this book. Great writing, great concept and really gets you thinking. Also a quick read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well done Full of symbolism, this book is certainly interesting and it makes you think every step of the way.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this book as a kid and loved it (for the basic animal story it was). I reread it in high school and it felt like an entirely new book. It's now definitely one of my favourites.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A quick read but it contains much more This is such a great book and even though it seems light in pages, it contains much deeper themes. A must read.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You've got to read this book! This classic holds up well over time. I strongly encourage everyone to read this and the rest of Orwell's books.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic novella that has aged well George Orwell's Animal Farm is a fantastic work that explores human nature as well as political and social idealism through the perspective of -- you guessed it -- animals. Much of what occurs in Animal Farm is still very much relevant today and is reflected in our society and in others. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in psychology, politics or sociology.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wondrous classic. If you haven't read this (and everything else that Orwell has read), you are doing yourself a huge disservice.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A quick read that everyone should indulge in once in their life. Gives a great insight into society.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Classic I don't think this book is part of the elementary or high school curriculum anymore, but I have added it to my kids bookshelf as it is an all time classic.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful The whole book is an allegory, insightful and sarcastic, but realistic. Not a long novel, and is easy to understand.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific A political masterpiece. The book shows the reality of the communist system where everyone is supposed to be equal and where workers control the means of production and hence their social and political destiny. In reality it is those at the top of the political ladder who exercise control and freedom is only for those who have the same political views. Descent is not tolerated. The book does this in a very clever way by having animals on the farm take over to create a paradise where all animals are equal. but in reality some animals are more equal than others and those are the ones that are in control.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick and excellent read A quick read that can be finished in a day. It leaves quite an impression and makes you think. Though written nearly 70 years ago, there are many aspects of it that can still be applied today #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most important piece of fiction in the last couple of centuries Everyone references 1984, but this is the book that really changes how one sees the world, after reading it. It's short, blunt and stars animals in the roles of the social elite, but says so much about how every leader ever has started out with noble intentions, gets corrupted along the way, then becomes worse than the last leader. Living in North America, I took this book not about Communism, like it was originally envisioned, but how people fled Europe hundreds of years ago to be free, and now we're the oppressed oppressors, wishing for things like family values and togetherness that are more prevalent in the countries our forefathers fled.The ending of the book has the perfect sentence ever written in fiction, in my opinion. It blew my mind, the first time I read it, and continues to wow me, every other time I've read this novel/novella(?). 1984 is more about quotes and terms that can be plagiarized. This book is about raw, unfiltered content (even though the animals themselves ARE the story's filter..haha).
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strong ideas, well executed overall Short novel, but creative insight that is still very relevant today. Much preferred it over 1984 even though I felt that both were boring.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Animal Farm I first read this in hoghschool and i really liked it. Its a very fast read.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Enjoyed the concept of this book.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! A wonderful satire of totalitarian regimes. It was a quick and easy read that I really enjoyed,
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Crap Orwell! Not again! What a book! It is just amazing, exploring Marxism and inequality. WOW! Won't be able to put down the book until you finish! MUST READ
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from disturbing and dark disturbing and dark but classic book - read it in high school
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes you think Short book by Orwell. Highly recommend
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A disturbing classic. I thought that I would hate this book, but I actually found it to be entertaining and dark.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Animal Farm One of my favourite books, Animal Farm will never get old. There is just so much to take away from it.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timely I still enjoy this book after many reads. There is always something timely that can be extracted from it.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Classic Enjoyed this classic. A story of the power struggle faced on a farm once the animals take over and want to rule! But not all the animals are as equal as others.... I hadn't read any Orwell before but I definitely want to read more now.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic I had to read this for high school but I loved it then and I love it now. The last paragraph of the book is such an amazing closer.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book A wonderful book that I enjoyed reading it so much !
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book A wonderful book that I enjoyed reading it so much !
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read A classic that is simple, comprehensive, and teaches you something. A nice break from some other lengthy and complex classics.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book First read it in high school, but got my own copy last year!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Great book, a timeless classic. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book Thought provoking, no matter how many times I read it
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Short and thought provoking fiction. Read like a fable with deep social commentaries.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding This book is great for pointing out how gullible people can be and proves just how much one small group of individuals can persuade someone to think that their ways are best. I enjoyed every word of it.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opener Great book. Gives a good example on how humans act when they reach a position of power. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an allegory that's an easy read without having to be understood as an allegory Animals take over the farm. It gets very interesting how they manage to do that, becoming like our society. Actually, this is a political allegory and a very well created one. Anyone not realizing that point can still enjoy the story for its humour and ingenious story line.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! If you are a fan of 1984, you will also likely love animal farm. Despite written in a time when Orwell could not have predicted things would be unfolding like this in modern society, this book is quite reflective of how society is operating now un capitalism. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time classic read it years ago when i was in high school, and even now, it is as thrilling as it was before. while it's a powerful book about the russian revolution, it can be reread to help you reflect what's happening in the world these days. oh and ... “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” ... BAM.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Short and easy to read, this story is succinct and poignant. It is a story that asks us to closely examine the political state of our nations and those surrounding us. It is still as relevant today as it was when it was published over seventy years ago.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever, clever A deceptively easy read. On the surface, a story of some rebellious farm animals, but just underneath that, a commentary on the Russian Revolution and a warning. Animal Farm's written in a language very easy to read - the better to reach more people to remind them of the history and warn them for the future, which makes Orwell a very clever writer.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I had to read this for school and, to my surprise, I found it to be very interesting. It was an easy to read novel, which makes you pause and think a little about the world around you.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read read this for school, quick and easy to read, very interesting the portrayal of the russian revolution through animals
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quick Read If you haven't read this book yet, do it. If you've read it years ago and don't remember it well, read it again. Great book that makes you reflect on the world around you. And the best part is that it can be read in a day.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Book Incredible journey within this book!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT Dark, and sinister. I loved the fact that there were pigs.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Look how many of us have reviewed and liked this book. That's a testament in itself. Not only does it stand alone as one of the greatest pieces of political satire, its style has influenced writers until today.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True Classic Always in my collection. One of my favourites that should be read more in school.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic It was an interesting read, but not that memorable.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This should be required reading THis short novel says so much in a few pages. Everyone should read this book. It is amazing.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short and weird (in a good way) Having a short book with a powerful message was a great checkmark on one of those lists of "Books you should read in your lifetime." An interesting idea that is easily accessible, which is probably why many high schools use this book for discussing politics in art.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent My favourite by Orwell. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Book! The author writes a very funny story how animals can resemble propaganda leaders
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK I had read this book years ago as a novel study. This is a great book.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic One of the must read classics in Western literature.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic i remember reading this book in school and liking it then. just keeps getting better
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definatly a good read A good read, something I wouldn't usually pick but the plot and meaning is wonderful. Glad I read it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes me Angry Just to Read It And that's probably why it's a idea for everyone to read it.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A brilliant fable that deserves its status as a classic This is a great book, mixing satire, storytelling and photographs to show how the Russian Revolution was even worse than the tyrannies it replaced. Essential reading.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't get into it This is a very interesting way to make an allegory for the Russian Revolution and the Communist government, but I just can't get into Orwell's writing style and find this book to be very repetitive,
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This is a very insightful satire about the evils of communism. A definite must read.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Animal farm A lot to take away from reading this story
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended for politics I read this several years ago and constantly find references to it on a monthly basis. In our current political climate I recommend this book
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read This is the perfect quick read. Its easy to read but still worth while!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great quick read. A lot to learn.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Oldie but still agoodie. Will always be a classic
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Only read it b/c it was mandatory for our grade 12 english class
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hate Communism? Want your kid to hate it too? Then read them this little trip. An accessible but not at all dumbed-down Orwellian children's book whose critical target is communism/Stalinism/Soviet government. You should have read it by now!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explains The State Of The World First read this during English class during Grade 8 and have never forgotten about it. I wanted to read it again so I bought it from Indigo. I think it explains in very simple terms the way our human world is "set up," both in the past and in the present.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This was amazing, I liked it much better than his other works.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I can see what it's a classic!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Political Parallels A must-read for any reader. The book demonstrates how power can change someone. The political parallels are perfect and the overall story is captivating and engaging.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and sweet #plumreview Orwell's fascinating narrative quite clearly doubles as allegorical critique of twentieth century communism.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Satire This book is a great satire on the russian revolution. Orwell's use of characters is clever and unique. A must read.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quick read This is a quick, easy read and a great book. While the story's conclusion seems obvious, it's also really hard to look away from it, like a train wreck, or the American Election. More people clearly need to read this book!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can be read in an afternoon but change you for a lifetime. Orwell's clever and inspired critique of the corruption in communism. An absolute must read.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! one of my all time faves!!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Guaranteed Enjoyment This book is filled with political undertones and lesson. Orwell never ceases to provoke thought and inspire change. Without a doubt an amazing novel.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read A thought provoking look at how equality can be corrupted by greed. A highly recommended read for young people and those interesting in learning more about politics.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Bought this book as a requirement for my AP, but glad that I did. Its not that long of a book, but such a great read.Makes you really reflect on the world we live in today. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I read this book for a university course and although it is very short, it left quite an impression on me. I could not always understand the war references made throughout the book, but I still understood it and was on the edge of my seat until I finished it. It took me 3 hours straight to finish it while making notes and I am going to reread it again soon. The creepiest part includes the pigs near the end by the way...
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I have read this book a few times over the past decade and I always enjoy it each time. I love the political stance portrayed through his animals and how such a short book really makes you reflect on the world we live in even to this day.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This classic by Orwell is an absolute must have for the collection. It speaks on many (still) relatable issues in the modern world and will serve as an introduction to many more important novels regarding similar topics. One of my favourites!
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Its a true reflection on politics these days. How the lines get crossed and blurry between the oppressed and the oppressor
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realistic Absolutely accurate and realistic, with a notorious usage of the animals as symbolic representatives of the different factors in our modern societies, it will you an crystal clear view of the revolutions and the leaders behind them.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent work After reading 1984 I found this book to be less dark but still dealing with the same subject. It was Lighter and more colorful and read a lot faster.
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! What a beautiful and sad story. Using animals was pure genius by George Orwell. Writing this review makes we want to read it again!
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it again. And again. And again. Every person not satisfied with administration in any capacity can identify with this great short story. Should be a must-read in all schools if it already isn't.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awaiting revolution... It's fascinating and a bit unfortunate how relevant this (topic) classic is. Even more so now then ever. If Mr. George Orwell could only see us now... probably might not be that surprised at what he would see. After all he was a great mind and understood how all this worked.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thought provoking classic. Reading this now as an adult, it makes even more sense. I recommend anyone and everyone read this short story.
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read. In typical Orwell fashion, he gives us another masterpiece of his vision and foreshadowing. Although, he tells of things that are not new to us or humanity in general, which leaves us thinking; is it ever going to change? Probably not. The Pigs are alive and well.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I enjoyed reading this book as well as 1984 and you can see where the ideas come from for writing 1984. Animal farm on its own is thought provoking in it's own right.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Animal Farm by George Orwell What a satire this is. I could tell right off the bat from the style of writing what kind of novel Animal Farm was going to be. The story starts hopeful, but that reality slowly rots the farther you get in. It is well known that Animal Farm reflects on the Russian Revolution in relation to it’s characters and events. I can say for myself that I was constantly readying myself for something GOOD to happen in the plotline instead of the complete and utter corruption that takes place on the farm. While reading my mother looked at me and sarcastically said “A nice light summer read for you eh?” Light in terms of an easy read? Yes. But in all seriousness if you want a book that will bring up your spirits and take you away on a hearty adventure… then don’t read Animal Farm. I quite liked this novel it was different from a lot of other books I’ve read. I didn’t have to study if through school so that made it more enjoyable. It was a nice change from the usual fiction. I’ll give Orwell a 4 OUT OF 5 on this one. Check out my book review blog for more great reviews!
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent work Wow...what a great read.
Date published: 2013-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 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). 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 read the book. I think I put off reading it before because of my limited to non-existent knowledge of modern history, mainly Russian/European politics. I thought that I would not be able to understand and appreciate the message of the story. In the end I really don’t think my lack of knowledge mattered, because when you read it like a story and not someone analyzing the hidden meaning of it, it still gives a strong message about society, humanity and what power can do to people. I can now see why people consider this to be such an important book. People interested in history and that time era, will definitely enjoy this and will probably understand all the hidden meanings. And those like me, who don’t read this sort of novel very often will have no problem reading this. It is not complicated and the writing is easy to understand. What makes the book amazing is the story itself.
Date published: 2012-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Want a revolution, Comrade? They say you cannot understand the first half of the twentieth century without reading Orwell. His essays are more or less part of the curriculum in post-secondary institutions. His intellectual honesty made him a venerated figure in a literate cosmos; so is it any wonder that many young aspiring writers (such as this humble reviewer) wish to claim him as their “hero”? Is it any wonder that people of all political stripes wish to claim him as “one of us”? I can vividly recall the day, not so long ago, when I read two of Orwell’s many essays: “Reflections on Gandhi” and “Notes on Nationalism.” I was but a youth of sixteen and as the saying goes, “it changed my life.” Now at the age of nineteen, I have consumed all of Orwell’s six novels, three books, and fifty essays. I wanted to be just like him, not in terms of his writing-style or prose, but in a sense of his intellectual honesty, his impartiality and his political scrupulousness. However, I am painfully aware that I cannot be like him – no one can. It is hard, no matter who strenuously one tries, one cannot be nearly as honest as he was. George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is undoubtedly his second most famous and esteemed work after his immortal novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” It is a novella of a revolution lost, a revolution betrayed. It is a work of power and how gets around it. The animals longed for freedom. As their fiercely patriotic poem went: Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland Beasts of every land and clime Hearken to my joyful tidings Of the future golden time After having a revolution and becoming the masters of their own fate, animals thought they would live a happy, taciturn and tranquil life without human interference. Just as all revolutions promise, they will have “Heaven on Earth.” The final result was slightly different than what you may have imagined. Soon they will find (or at least Benjamin, the donkey will) that they have become their own worst enemies. George Orwell wrote “Animal Farm” as a satire of the Russian Revolution. But is a work that can be applied to all revolutions (probably with the exceptions of the English Civil War, Glorious Revolution of 1688-89 and the American Revolution). Every revolution, it seems, will produce a Napoleon.
Date published: 2012-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Orwell's work on my blog:
Date published: 2012-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has a deep meaning to it In my opinion, the book is just fantastic. It shows our society from different perspective, and the reader is able to reflect on the book. All characters in this novel are based on real people (ex. napoleon is Stalin). This is a great book for an english assignment.
Date published: 2011-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved animal farm First time I've read the book, it was for school and I loved it. This is why so many years later I still wanted to reread it. It shows us the way communist work. They drive the dictator away and because the majority are not educated another dictator arrive. 2010 - 33
Date published: 2010-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book was absolutely amazing! I was fascinated after reading the first few pages. It is a must read for everybody who is interested in history as it captures the essence of Communist revolutions and the revolutionaries of that time period. George Orwell, who is a Socialist Democrat, was highly critical of Joseph Stalin and Stalinism in the Soviet Union wrote this simple story to illustrate everything that can go wrong when attempting a revolution to create the perfect utopian society. This book, not only exhibits the events of the Stalinist Era, but foreshadows many other revolutions that we see today. I would highly recommend this book and do not let the length fool you. It may only be 100 pages long, but it is packed with symbolism and terms that can be related to the present day. Animal Farm is easy to read and follow and after you have read it, you come away with a better understanding of how dictatorships form throughout history.
Date published: 2010-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfectly Satirical This book was a quick, easy read with creepily good satirical values and an excellent comprehension into the Russian Revolution. It is a must read.
Date published: 2010-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unsure of how many leafs to give I'm sorry, but in my opinion, animals should not have the ability to speak outside of a children's picture book. That's all I'm saying.
Date published: 2009-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Interesting I would have to say this book was short but well written. Most of the readers might say its story line matches that of the Russian Revolution. I do not oppose this, but in general it represents any communist country or colony. Please note reading further will be difficult if you have not read Animal Farm. The pigs are very cunning, they first attain as much power as they can and use it for their own purposes. These characteristics are very much like of a leader from a developing country (third world). When I was living in Sri Lanka, I experienced this everyday. The mayor of the city would only go after the power and money and didn’t really care about the people who support him/her. I wish I had the right to talk to those pigs, but I was the same as ‘Benjamin’, a donkey from Animal Farm who sees through the pigs. Therefore as a Canadian I’m glad that we have freedom of speech. Like in 1984, through out this novel Orwell also shows how pigs taking advantage of language, cultural, spiritual similarities between them and the other ‘comrades’ for their advantage. Since the animals can’t talk to humans they didn’t get the humans, who provide them food and shelter, attention earlier. They also knew that humans didn’t understand or care about their hunger or freedom. Pigs on the other hand, knew these needs of the farm animals and took action accordingly to eliminate the humans and become the animal’s leader. Finally, since the pigs are in the same boat as everybody in the ‘Manor Farm’ in the days of ‘Mr. Jones’, they seemed to be no different from any other animal in the farm. However, after becoming the leaders the pigs not only mistreated the other animals (horses, hens, and cows), but also started back stabbing each other. The Animal Farm is the story of any country that has yet to be developed, where the leaders have absolute power because the general public is unwilling, unable or stupid to oppose the leaders. Coming back home to Canada, we should enjoy our freedom because not everybody is as lucky as we are.
Date published: 2008-07-23

Editorial Reviews

“Animal Farm remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history.” –Malcolm Bradbury“As lucid as glass and quite as sharp…[Animal Farm] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift.” –Atlantic Monthly“A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times.” –New York Times“Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift.” –Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker“Orwell’s satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written.” –San Francisco Chronicle“The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years.” –Ruth RendellWith an Introduction by Julian Symons