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Animal Farm

Orwell, George (eBook - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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All animals are equals but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution 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, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: but some animals are more equal than others. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Authors: Orwell, George, 1903-1950
Title: Animal farm
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Publisher: Fairfield, IA : 1st World Library, 2006.
Notes: Title from eBook information screen.
Summary: All animals are equals but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution 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, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: but some animals are more equal than others. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Local Note: 23
Alternate Title: Animal farm (eBook)
ISBN: 1595404791
9781595404794
0151010269
9780151010264
Statement of Responsibility: George Orwell
System Details: Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1614 KB).
Subject Headings: Domestic animals Fiction.
Genre/Form: Political fiction.
Science fiction.
Satire.
Fables.
Electronic books.
Topical Term: Domestic animals
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Jul 20, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When I read through this book, I REALLY thought that Animal Farm was a tale about animals. But afterwards, I searched up this book and read that it was actually about Communism. The book begins with the animals rebelling to Men. They won the rebellion, kicked Men out, and started taking over their own farm. Later on, Snowball, a pig, organized the farm and declaimed himself as leader. The animals were happy they finally can work for just themselves. But meanwhile, Napoleon, another pig, started stirring things up into tyranny. He trained puppies that nearly killed Snowball, and he became the dictator. Every animal had to agree with Napoleon, or else they would be killed. At last, Animal Farm became a dictatorship of pigs, and that ends the story. I would say this book is a tough read and recommend this book to deeper readers. The author's style of language was often hilarious, but this book as a whole fetches greater interpretation of the message conveyed. One last note, this book isn't really about animals...

Jul 23, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an easy read - a few hours - and very enjoyable. I never thought the use of animal characters can be that entertaining. A satire on the rise of communism turned dictatorship. The theme is timeless and relevant even today - we saw the rise of dictators in the recent past and bet will see them again in the future.

Sep 27, 2012
  • tdk rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I felt like the only adult who hadn't read this book, yet.

From the comments here it looks like it was loosely based on Russian Communism. I got the communism link but did not link to actual historical characters.

All-in-all, I thought it was a good quick read of "be careful what you wish for" and how quickly corruption fro within can take over an Utopian society.

Aug 13, 2012
  • glasglowdroid rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fun, enjoyable book

Jul 12, 2012
  • richardhe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very easy read. It is still enjoyable even if you know nothing about Joseph Stalin or have no interest in politics.

Jul 10, 2012
  • sabita9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Controversal, entertaining and rich content.

Aug 20, 2011
  • gstering rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great Story that explains politics and human nature really well. I enjoyed reading it to my daughter as a bedtime story.

Jul 02, 2011
  • glimmerglamour rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Definitely a must read, with Orwell putting a spin on satire to create a story PACKED with symbolism.

He tells us of the foolish circle of the human mind- oppressed, rebellion, freedom, power, oppression. Indeed, he himself lived these very thoughts for most of his young adult life. Apparently Orwell got the inspiration for Animal Farm from the Soviet Union, Russia, and Stalin. He joined the army and reported feeling oppressed and took action on his emotions. Shortly after, he paid the consequences by fleeing the country and settling as a journalist/reporter. Later, he translated his thoughts, feelings, and dare I say bitterness, onto paper in the form of a story that is still widely popular today. It’s a fairly short book, but contains so many essential ideas and theories of the human mind, power, and what can happen to a seemingly innocent idea when the seemingly innocent leader is gripped -and later consumed- by greed.

May 20, 2011
  • ck300 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It has been sometime since I have read this book as part of my high school readings. The author put an interesting twist into the rise of Communism in Russia. Recommend this reading to anyone including my 14 year old.

May 15, 2011
  • pinkpickle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is an interesting book if you enjoy historical fiction. Napolean, one of the main characters, is supposed to represent Josef Stalin. In the beginning, the animals all drive the humans off the farm, and Napolean takes control. Later, Napolean makes a commandment that states that all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. In the end, the animals realize that Napolean and his supporters are exactly like the humans that they had driven off in the beginning, except that Napolean and his supporters treated the animals worse that the humans had.

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Jul 20, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When I read through this book, I REALLY thought that Animal Farm was a tale about animals. But afterwards, I searched up this book and read that it was actually about Communism. The book begins with the animals rebelling to Men. They won the rebellion, kicked Men out, and started taking over their own farm. Later on, Snowball, a pig, organized the farm and declaimed himself as leader. The animals were happy they finally can work for just themselves. But meanwhile, Napoleon, another pig, started stirring things up into tyranny. He trained puppies that nearly killed Snowball, and he became the dictator. Every animal had to agree with Napoleon, or else they would be killed. At last, Animal Farm became a dictatorship of pigs, and that ends the story. I would say this book is a tough read and recommend this book to deeper readers. The author's style of language was often hilarious, but this book as a whole fetches greater interpretation of the message conveyed. One last note, this book isn't really about animals...

Farmyard animals band together to overthrow the evil farmer.

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Jul 12, 2012
  • richardhe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Jul 10, 2012
  • sabita9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I look from man to animal and then man to animal and couldn't distinguish.

May 02, 2012
  • ReadingintheCorner rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"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."

Jul 21, 2008
  • kokosowe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.

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