Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 24/02/2000
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Animal Farm
Animal Farm
I don't know what to say that hasn't been said about Animal Farm. Directed at Stalinist Russia, it's clear that Orwell's depiction of the revolution-to... READ MORE
Rhea | Barnstaple

Synopsis

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

When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control.

Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another.

'It is the history of a revolution that went wrong - and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,' wrote Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945.

Orwell wrote the novel at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished; its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain's ally, led to the book being refused by publisher after publisher. Orwell's simple, tragic fable has since become a world-famous classic.

This Penguin Modern classics edition includes an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141182704
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Weight: 114g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 8 mm

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Animal Farm
A CLASSIC!
Superbly written, gives an amazing insight into man's greed and aspiration for power over others. The subject matter is as relevant today as when this boo... READ MORE
Janet Anne Mitchell
Animal Farm
Simply mindblowing!
There's so much I could discuss about this book, and if I had to simplify it to one word it would be- mindblowing. The subject matter of this novella is... READ MORE
rhythmpantherxo
Animal Farm
BRILLIANTLY TERRIFYING!!
This cult-classic shows us how a former revolution leader(s) can turn into a tyrant they originally fought against,and how easily the working class can be ... READ MORE
mateusz naglik
Animal Farm
Amazing
This book is simply amazing, once I realised just what period of Russian history this was about I could see the subtext so much and understood not just the... READ MORE
Ben W
Animal Farm
SCARILY OBSERVANT OF HUMAN NATURE
I have heard it said that Orwell wrote this with the Soviet block in mind, but frankly it could apply to so many situations - sad, poignant, and despite be... READ MORE
CLAIREATWAVES
Animal Farm
Necessary read now
Having read 1984 many years ago, I finally got round to reading this. But I'm glad I waited for this edition with intro by Malcolm Bradbury. That sets the ... READ MORE
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Animal Farm
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jo nicholls
Animal Farm
Animal Farm review
An easy read, this book was. Beautifully written, book is about a farm where the animals learn how to conquer the head farmer and take it over, being lead ... READ MORE
'Bookworm' Review
Animal Farm
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Everybody should read it--and then make up their own minds. ... READ MORE
Frederick V Watson
Animal Farm
Classic
I read this in the mid-eighties and remember it fondly. The story is very good and it works on several levels. The farm animals have good characters and th... READ MORE
Book collector
Animal Farm
Child's fable with an adult's corruption
At first a simple children's book. Animals can talk, we have our typical antagonist in the form of Mr Jones, all the bases for a story. However, Orwell and... READ MORE
chloe  lawson
Animal Farm
Nothing changes
Last read this in my ‘O’ level year, 1961. So true then, even more so today. Such an incisive mind. A must read
Barrie Emmett
Animal Farm
It's like a work of propaganda art - perfect.
I'm in love with this. If you take this as it is intended, as a political fable, then it is a work of dada-ist genius. If you were expecting a novel of t... READ MORE
Analogue Holly
Animal Farm
Cannot believe I missed this one!!
Fantastic read. At it's simplest, it's a really good book that can be enjoyed by people of any age At it's core, it's a window into Stalinism and the Rus... READ MORE
JB
Animal Farm
Animal Farm
animal farm was such a true story all animals should be equal not killed for our living. In my opinion, i don’t like the pigs how they control every single... READ MORE
Eleanor Frith
Animal Farm
a detailed, in depth book review of animal farm
Book review of Animal Farm Animal farm is a unique book that I have fortunately been able to read, it reflects many different events through the course of... READ MORE
Eleanor Frith
Animal Farm
a detailed, in depth book review of animal farm
Book review of Animal Farm Animal farm is a unique book that I have fortunately been able to read, it reflects many different events through the course of... READ MORE
Eleanor Frith
Animal Farm
Animals farm show reality of life in the Russian revolution!
Overall this story is a very sad story, but it is one of my favorite stories, because it really shows the life in the Russian Revolution. Napoleon is repre... READ MORE
Eleanor Frith
Animal Farm
Animal farm review 2021
Animal farm is a superbly written 1945 novella, written by George Orwell, that easily symbolises Russia and the Soviet Union under communist party rule, bu... READ MORE
Eleanor Frith
Animal Farm
Animal Farm
I found this a strange book to read. It was not what I expected at all. Having said that, I did quite enjoy it, and would recommend this to other readers.
Brenda Normanton