Modern Classics Animal Farm

Paperback | February 22, 2000

byGeorge OrwellForeword byMalcolm Bradbury

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'All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others' When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. 'It is the history of a revolution that went wrong - and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,' wrote Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945. Orwell wrote the novel at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished; its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain's ally, led to the book being refused by publisher after publisher. Orwell's simple, tragic fable has since become a world-famous classic. This Penguin Modern classics edition includes an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury.

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 When George Orwell wrote this extraordinary classic in 1943, he was almost unable to find a publisher. Animal Farm is a broadly allegorical criticism of Stalin’s regime, which at the time was one of Britain’s allies, so no publisher would touch it. This tragic satire is literally about what happens when the animals drive Mr. Jones fro...

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'All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others' When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Sn...

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’It is the history of a revolution that went wrong - and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine’, wrote Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945. Orwell wrote it at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished. Its savage attack on Stalin, at that time ...

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...

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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! http://insubstantialmrr.blogspot.ca/
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: http://8bookcases.blogspot.com/2012/02/animal-farm-by-george-orwell.html
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Prelude I reccommend this book to all those who are thinking about reading 1984, another Orwell classic. It's an eye opening book that will help the reader, especially those who know very little about totalitarian regimes, prepare him/herself for the shocking story of 1984.
Date published: 2000-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ingenius Excellent, I thought Orewell was great in the sense that all the animals represented russian politcal figures at the time. A MUST READ!
Date published: 2000-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book This wonderful book written by the talented authour Joerge Orwell. It is a story about animals who come up with amazing excuses for their actions and after they have a rebellion. This is a very good book for all ages and it is based on the true events that Orwell faced during his life. One masterpiece to have in your collection of books!
Date published: 2000-07-06

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 When George Orwell wrote this extraordinary classic in 1943, he was almost unable to find a publisher. Animal Farm is a broadly allegorical criticism of Stalin’s regime, which at the time was one of Britain’s allies, so no publisher would touch it. This tragic satire is literally about what happens when the animals drive Mr. Jones from the farm, rightly believing that if anyone should control their destinies it should be them. But their first noble doctrine gradually deteriorates under the reaching fingers of greed and corruption and their dream gradually becomes a horrific nightmare.