Animal Farm

122 pages

English language

Published July 6, 2003

ISBN:
978-0-452-28424-1
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4 stars (337 reviews)

Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945. The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed, and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon. According to Orwell, the fable reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism, an attitude that was critically shaped by his experiences during the May Days conflicts between the POUM and Stalinist forces during the Spanish Civil War. The Soviet Union had become a totalitarian autocracy …

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4 stars

a biting satire of Stalinism and the rise of authoritarian governments. Shows perfectly how popular revolution can be used to keep the "pigs" in power. Don't think this just applies to the USSR, though! this is as relevant now in America as it was to the Soviet Union before its collapse.

Review of 'Animal Farm' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

a biting satire of Stalinism and the rise of authoritarian governments. Shows perfectly how popular revolution can be used to keep the "pigs" in power. Don't think this just applies to the USSR, though! this is as relevant now in America as it was to the Soviet Union before its collapse.

Review of 'Animal Farm' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

Animal Farm's satire makes the novella interesting to read. Written after Bolshevik revolution and no reason why lot go over gaga. Confining to Bolshevik revolution is tunnel view. The core of the novella resembles with lot of today's politics and ancient kingdom. For a moment forget about the bolshevik revolution. Rebellion outbursts, the leader comes to power and slowly vanquishes non believers in ideas or voices. Slowly becomes benevolent dictator for life, corrupt and power moves from people to few hands. Change the word rebellion to whatever it is/was called during the time period. Isn't this the perfect politics all over the world ? Think of Indian political parties, Tamil Nadu parties. You got it right ? It rises few questions can some one have too much of power ? Rather than human, an organization can have (some say it is already at place) all power at disposal controlled by …

Review of 'Animal Farm' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Wow! Orwell is a genius. I'd seen the animate movie years ago and that just doesn't capture what the book is about, I thought from the movie it was about pigs having a laff and a few beers. But this book is a scarily accurate portrayal of those in charge and of how they treat the working folk. I think if Orwell was alive today he would be pretty depressed on how the world has evolved and took his book as a manual.

Such a depressing read and you can't help but feel helpless whilst you read about Boxer. I thought the book was going to be too short, just over 100 pages, but it has been perfectly edited. Orwell is one of my favourite authors, not read anything bad by him.

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