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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Under the feckless husbandry of Mr Jones, the Manor Farm has fallen into disrepair. Pushed into hardship, the animals decide to stage a revolt, and, led by two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, they overthrow Mr Jones and drive him away from the farm. In the subsequent struggle for power, it is Napoleon who emerges as a victor: he renames the place “Animal Farm”, gets rid of his enemies and, by the way he behaves – expecting to be glorifi ed above the others and turning the screw on his fellow beasts in order to keep them subjugated – begins to resemble more and more the former rulers of the farm, the hated humans.

Written during the Second World War and published in 1945, this allegorical novel is a carefully constructed critique of the Russian Revolution and a sharp satire on the abuse of power. It remains unsurpassed both as a document of its time and as a testament to the versatility and creative genius of George Orwell.



Published 07 Jan 2021
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 144
ISBN 9781847498588
Imprint Alma Classics
Dimensions 198 x 129 mm
Series Alma Classics Evergreens
Publisher Alma Books
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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Animal Farm

Highly recommend Animal Farm to anyone who is up for unexpected plot twists. One of the best political satires I have come across in a while. It is a subtle yet to the point novel. The book has a lot of historical accuracy in terms of Russian events as well as communism itself. The use of animals as an alternative representation is an interesting concept adding to its addictive allure. I would however recommend knowing the historical context before reading this novel

Mbali Gumede

In the start, I thought this book would be from the view point of animals; about how they are treated, how they expect to be treated and how man is cruel towards them.
But but but;
I am amazed at how Orwell criticizes the political maneuvers and totalitarian rule, using animals to explain what humans do. The author beautifully portrays the way a revolution is started to stop what is happening and going full circle comes to the same point it started from. Just the face of power is changed.
This book tells how the ruling class makes fool of the working class, uses their energies and resources for their own pleasure. What happens behind the closed doors of power.
How the working class is being brain washed that they are happy and satisfied and free despite of the obvious slavery they have been undergoing.
My favorite character was Benjamin (yes, a donkey) , who remains a neutral throughout and says nothing despite understanding everything.
A huge applause to Orwell for being able to explain human psyche, political and social dilemma wrapped in the form of this story.

Animal Farm

In grade 11, I read Animal Farm and it turned out to be one of those books that you think will be boring, but is actually quite enjoyable. A short story as great as George Orwell's Animal Farm is without a doubt among the best ever written in English. The story is deceptively simple that even older children can enjoy reading. In the style of a fable, it tells the story of an animal revolt, but there are so many levels to it. A satire and an allegory, it is clearly both. Very prophetic to the current South African political climate in my opinion. Nailed it Orwell.

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