Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Book - 1990
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George Orwell's famous satire of the Soviet Union, in which "all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1990]
Characteristics: 124 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 0151072558 : $15.95
9780151072552
Call Number: FICTION ORWELL

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1945 - A fable reflecting events that led up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell wrote the book between November 1943 and February 1944, when the UK was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. "Forever ... Read More »

Subtitled "a fairy story," Animal Farm is anything but. Tired of maltreatment under their farmer, the animals of Manor Farm revolt. Released from all chains, there is but one key rule: All animals are equal. Yet, as the story progresses we soon see some animals are actually more "e... Read More »

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JeffcoBooks Sep 29, 2017

George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel—a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism.

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collectionsamy Sep 06, 2017

George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel—a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism.


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HKK_Teen_Staff Apr 10, 2020

A simple yet haunting story about power. You don’t need a Russian history degree to understand this message!

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Justyn
Mar 17, 2020

Message aside this is a really wonderful story. A wonderful (or tragic) allegory that both children and adults can understand. The author himself was a former socialist who became disillusioned with what this philosophy creates. That ideals of utopia lead to great suffering and tyranny. His prime example was that of the Russian Revolution.

We mostly know the story....the animals overthrow the old order of the Farmer. With promises of equality and abundance for all. When the overthrow happens every animal is elated. But little by little the hopes of the revolution fade away. The commandments that all agreed upon slowly change. Decisions that were once made by all animals are now decided by a group of pigs. Then only one.

The great leader Napoleon is guarded by fierce dogs and he intimidates the animals away from dissent. Some animals are accused of collusion with the enemy and put to death. Violating one of the commandments that no animal shall kill another animal. The promised abundance of food is sparse and the only ones living in wealth are the pigs. In the end the animals cannot tell the difference between mankind for who they overthrew and the pigs who "benevolently" lead them. All commandments and their revisions have been erased....only one new commandment is left...."all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

One of the most alarming things are the sheep. Who they see their leaders violating the commandment to never walk on two legs. See the pigs and then declare...."4 legs good, 2 legs better." How very telling that the masses learn not to question their leaders.

I'm reminded of this quote.....

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

Lastly I'm just so glad to live in America. The American revolution is the most unique in history. Seeing that it has brought lasting freedom and prosperity. One unique thing about our revolution was that our founders knew man was not a creature that could be perfected. That we have a nature that needs to be guarded against. How disheartening that many young people are attracted to what are historically proven very bad ideas. It's like the man who keeps touching a hot stove truly expecting different results.

FPL_Supriya Feb 03, 2020

I first read this in high school and like it. On the surface it is a simple story about an animal uprising, it is written in the style of a fable, allegoric in nature, and yet it can be read on so many levels.
It holds up every time I have read it since high school (and believe me I've read it and re-read it) and still holds many timeless truths. As with all great novels It is the sort of book where a reader will find new depths in each rereading.

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evanbrow
Jan 16, 2020

Brilliantly holds up as a classic work of fiction. The metaphor for the rise of totalitarianism transcends its portrayal of the Russian Revolution, becoming a cautionary tale for how dictators can bend humanistic values to their own self-interest. A simply perfect novella.

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kvanmooresma
Oct 29, 2019

I know it's a classic, and I get why it's read in schools, but this book is just not enjoyable to read.

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cryptidparadox
Oct 27, 2019

This book gave me depression.

ArapahoeTina Aug 01, 2019

I loved sharing this book with my 12-year-old son. It gave us context for examining events happening in the news as well as shedding light on historical events. The "why" questions that are so hard to answer became a little more concrete when boiled down to power and manipulation.

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onepandella
Jul 22, 2019

The overworked animals start a revolution against their farmer and overthrow him to make the farm theirs. They set out to establish their own farm and start a new era of equality, justice, and independence. But some animals manipulate their power and make the farm a harsh and cold tyranny.

4.5/5 : This book needs no praise. This piece of literature has made a statement against totalitarianism and has stood the test of time. It questions power, politics, and puts society into perspective. I enjoyed reading it. The writing isn't hard to follow, and the story gets surprisingly real at times. Overall, a must read book.

There are many scenes that stand out to me. It's easy to forget you're reading a satirical masterpiece and comprehend the story as some revolutionist animals trying to run a farm. But there are some scenes that strike you and you're able able to apply this story to real life. Dramatic irony plays a role and it shows the manipulation behind the pigs in power. The ending scene with the pigs - when the horses started screaming - I was just as shocked as the animals.

What I Take From This: Don't be ignorant. Don't just take people's words and immediately trust it. Educate yourself.

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Anita_Dickey
May 23, 2019

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book with over a million ratings on goodreads. It is also on Listopia's 300 books everyone should read once. It is a quick easy read. at first it kindof reminded me of charlotes web. it got sad really quick though and not the feel good sad of charlottes web. Like 1984, it is kindof depressing. i almost cried at the end for sheer sadness (depression) for the animals. it is a good book though.

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murylurvesburks
Apr 13, 2019

Great Book!!!

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ArapahoeTina Dec 19, 2019

“Four legs good, two legs bad.”

ArapahoeTina Dec 19, 2019

“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.”

ArapahoeTina Dec 19, 2019

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

kisanet18 Aug 04, 2016

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

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5houses
Jul 01, 2016

"All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others."

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whsun
Feb 26, 2016

"Windmill or no windmill, life would go on as it had always gone on - that is badly."

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whsun
Feb 26, 2016

"I have no wish to take life, not even human life." -Boxer

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brown_horse_180
Jul 27, 2015

"I will work harder" -Boxer

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okieathome
Jun 08, 2015

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

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 25, 2015

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

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Vista05
Aug 20, 2017

My dad told me to read Animal Farm a long time ago and I finally decided to read it this Summer. I though the book was just going to be about animals on a farm but it was really different. I wish the book was longer because I loved it so much and it is definitely on my list of favourites books now. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Jamaka_88
Aug 19, 2016

Animal Farm is about animals...animals who learn and over throw the humans that run the farm and keep them away. However, the learned animals have difficulties and also learn being human isn't necessarily a bad thing. What starts out as equality and common ground and rules to live by changes over the course of time into something no one could foresee.

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5houses
Jul 01, 2016

Animals at a farm join together to overthrow what they feel is evil...Man. They successfully lead a rebellion against Man and take control of the farm. They are leading a happy life without Man at the farm. But, after kicking out Snowball, the pigs are corrupting what the animals wrote out as the Seven Commandments...Is it possible that animals can be evil too?
A prime example of how rebellions can often go wrong, and George Orwell is adding on to what happened with the Russian Revolution.

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shellarinelle
Jul 20, 2014

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...

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Farmyard animals band together to overthrow the evil farmer.

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