Animal Farm

Animal Farm

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

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


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sanahbhardwaj
Jan 21, 2021

In this brilliant satire about the horrors of Stalinism, Orwell displays the perfect combination of comedy and utter irony. By redirecting the Russian communist revolution through the ensemble of hardworking animals on a farm, he takes a seemingly complicated revolution and reduces it to a simple story while preserving its absurdity. Powerful animals on "The Animal Farm" portray the Russian power dynamic while also representing real-life actors in the Russian revolution. For example, Napoleon, the "authoritarian pig," represents Joseph Stalin and his totalitarian method of leadership. His henchman, Squealer, represents Vyacheslav Molotov, an amazing speaker and protégé of Stalin himself.

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danielgarcia2002
Dec 09, 2020

Loved the story and how it shows how power can change someone drastically. The allegory is done amazingly with how the characters are portrayed. It definitely made me feel empathy for Snowball and the other farm animals, just as it made me despise others. In summary, a bunch of farm animals decide to take over the farm they have lived on (Manor Farm) after they are fed up with their owner, Farmer Jones. After they begin to gain more power some of the animals begin to change and become evil.

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jessegabriel
Nov 27, 2020

A neat little book (96 pages in length) that strongly conveys the message through irony: no matter the ideology, absolute power corrupts absolutely. The ideologies we saw in the 20th century are made humourous in this story, while also expressed chillingly. Most of it is obviously a comic slap to the Russian Revolution and Communism, but Orwell targets other ideologies as well, like capitalism.

The characters were written very well, portraying the faults of human obedience and stupidity, I felt frustrated with the Animals decisions at times.

SAPL_Teens Nov 12, 2020

George Orwell, is a well-known English novelist, journalist, and critic. His writing style is typically short and gets straight to the point. He was a man of strong opinions who addressed some of the major political movements in his novels. Animal Farm, his most popular book, is based on a group of animals who take control of their owner’s farm. The owner of Manor Farm, Mr. Jones, treats the animals poorly; that’s when Old Major, a wise pig, encourages the neglected animals to rebel and run the farm themselves with one important qualification: that everyone should be equal. But… there is a major plot twist. Personally, I recommend this book to people who enjoy fiction imaginative novels that have an important moral. This book is appropriate for older kids; hence, little kids might see it as a fairy tale, whereas older teens would understand the true message that Orwell portrays. Although the book is only 100 pages, I enjoyed reading it! 3.5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

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SayaliS
Oct 29, 2020

Animal Farm, an allegorical novella by George Orwell, shows us barn animals in England attempting to seek peace. Eventually, things get worse when a corrupted leader, Napoleon the pig, takes over the kingdom. I truly loved reading this short story because it is an allegory reflecting on the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War, which informs us about the history and makes it more enjoyable to read. Also, this book shows us the damaging effects of corrupt leaders, which is an important piece of knowledge for people to know, especially in today’s age.

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alexqise
Oct 27, 2020

Old Major is a prize-winning boar and the leader of the animals on Animal Farm. He calls a meeting and teaches him a song called “Beasts of England”. He dies a couple of days later and 3 pigs Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer take over and use the principles he gave them. They scare off the owner of the farm, Mr. Jones, and take the farm over for themselves. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when Napoleon and Snowball start having some conflicts. I like this book because it may seem to be all sunshine and rainbows but it really surprised me on how it illustrates real-world events and has an overall deeper meaning than what appears on the surface.

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KorrAnn
Oct 23, 2020

This book was so good, George Orwell was a man ahead of his time. I can only imagine the uproar of when this book was first published.

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kyang_91
Oct 17, 2020

A farm by the name of Manor Farm is a farm like no other. The animals unite and rebel against the human owners by creating a philosophy called Animalism, based on the principles of Old Major, who voiced his wishes of freedom three days before his death. Through unexpected plots and betrayal, the pigs on the farm eventually become the rulers of the farm for the good of every animal. Years past, and eventually the animals cannot see any conspicuous discrepancies between the pigs and the humans. Readers in middle school and above who are interested in the sharing of power and equality will surely be captivated by this novel by Orwell.

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akritshrikant
Oct 14, 2020

George Orwell is known for his unique storytelling and tendency to see into the future, but it’s his description of the past that shines through in Animal Farm. An allegory for the Soviet revolution, Animal Farm perfectly illustrates how an ambitious force can take what should be a call for reformation and peace and turn feelings of injustice into feelings of rage. The novel is extraordinary because it describes politics in a manner that a child could pick up the book and fully understand how people could allow themselves to be exploited in the name of other peoples’ prosperity: the only thing changing being the boot on their neck.

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AnushaU
Sep 25, 2020

We’ve all heard about humans revolting and overthrowing a government, perhaps in history or in a novel. But what if animals could also revolt? What would happen then? In Animal Farm, George Orwell explores this very idea while using figurative language to get across a deeper message to the reader. Written in 1945, this novel takes place in a farm in England. It tells the story of a group of animals that rebel against the farm owner because they are being mistreated. The pigs are considered to be the smartest out of all them and initiate the revolution. Their goal is to create a free society in which all animals are equal. After chasing the owners out of the farm, Napoleon and Snowball become the leaders of the society. However, Napoleon aims to control the entire farm and the farm is returned to a state that was as bad as before.
The Animal Farm symbolizes the Russian revolution and the Soviet Union under Communist Party rule. As you read, you will see the characters being very similar to known people in history. For example, Old Major represents Karl Marx or Lenin, Napoleon represents Stalin, and Snowball is the intellectual Leon Trotsky. I loved that at first glance, Animal Farm may just seem like a kid’s tale about animals that can talk and act like humans, but this complex novel is so much more. It touches upon the topics of class, inequality, power, and control. For example, “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” I’ll now leave you with a quote by George Orwell that really gets you thinking. “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. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”

Age Rating: 12+
Star Rating: 4.5
- Anusha

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LoganEva
Jan 21, 2021

"Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever."

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KorrAnn
Oct 23, 2020

"Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey." ~ Benjamin

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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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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