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." A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1990]
ISBN: 9780151072552
0151072558
Branch Call Number: CF ORWELL
Characteristics: 124 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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This 124 page fairy tale for grown-ups is a satirical look at what truly threatens our freedoms.

Communism taken by farm animals.


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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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Eil_1
Jan 28, 2019

Having read this epic book many years ago, I rented it and again read it. There are some reviewers who find it a humorous/funny story. In reality, it is far from funny.
In this book, Orwell made references to the revolution in the Soviet Union - with absolute accuracy considering the murderous and inhuman behavior of the 'new and improved' leaders - Stalin and Trotsky in their crusade to "Make Russia Better".

Moving forward, past Hitler's similar crusade to make Germany better, we now arrive past other similar incidents, to the rise of Trump.

Orwell's brilliant analogy of Stalin to "Napoleon" the Pig-In-Charge of the Farm, brings the thought of Trump with his lies and distortions of reality along with a complete lack of empathy for those he rules (the U.S.). Orwell's story also includes another pig, "Squeaker", who becomes Napoleons mouthpiece He could easily be compared to Sara Saunders who has left her integrity by the garbage bin to support Trump.

The tragic backward evolution of the Farm to what it previously was, is a reflection of the demise of our society if we permit anarchists and demagogues to prevail.

As Orwell's novel concludes, we see clearly that truth can be destroyed and dished up to a gullible nation.

"The more things change, the more they remain the same", is the final summary of a once hopeful wish that became a futile endeavor to improve life on the Farm.

This classic book should be required reading for high school. Also for those individuals who seek reason behind the mindless world in which we live.

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alexy93
Dec 08, 2018

"All power tends to corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"

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cbailey13
Nov 27, 2018

As someone who enjoys history, this book is a clever and fun representation of the Soviet Union. The book isn't that subtle about it either as Orwell makes it clear what each character and animal represents in the real world. I had to read this book in the 10th grade and it still holds up as one of my favorite books with it's themes still being prevalent in modern politics.

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"A survey of censorship challenges in the schools, conducted in DeKalb County for the period of 1979 to 1982, revealed that the novel had been objected to for its political theories." from www.ala.org American Library Association

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jeff1885
Sep 04, 2018

It is one of the best shorts I've ever read. It had been so long that I had forgotten that it was only 90 pages in length. Everyone that reads this can see the link in what is still happening to day even though the USSR and Stalin are long dead. It's happening again right here inj the good old USA.

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mfh444
Aug 09, 2018

Orwell, a democratic socialist, wrote this book to warn others about the dangers of totalitarianism, regardless of the economic system. A brilliant satire on the Soviet Union, with the power of Napoleon (Stalin) able to change the truth and demean his opponent, Snowball (Trotsky). I was hoping for a more satisfying ending, but the uncomfortable ending really emphasizes how a revolution can lose its original vision when the power falls into the hands of the corrupt.

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RoyalJellyIII
Aug 02, 2018

Orwell's humorous short novel is a timeless allegory of power and corruption. It is as relevant today as when it was written and merits reading every few years lest we forget the risks we run from any kind of government. After reading you may not think it quite so amusing.

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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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Rainman
Sep 21, 2013

Napoleon had commanded that once a week there should be held something called a Spontaneous Demonstration...

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VForce
Aug 21, 2012

Long live Animal Farm! Long live Comrade Napoleon!

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VForce
Aug 12, 2012

Napoleon is always right!

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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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