Fantastic, quick read and one of those books everyone "should" read at some point. Orwell makes you think and it really is spooky how some of the themes in this book echo what is going on in the world today.
This Holt, Rinehart, and Winston edition contains bonus material;THE TIGER WHO UNDERSTOOD PEOPLE by James Thurber-satiric verses,(one by Jonathan Swift)-Life on the Farm, a letter by Charles Lane and A. Bronson Alcott-"The Liberty Song" by John Dickinson-"Esteemed Beasts," a magazine article from THE ECONOMIST-"The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen,"a novel extract from 1984 by George Orwell-"Why I Write," a personal essay by George Orwell.
I read this in high school but got so much more out of it when I read it a few years ago.
"A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned--a razor-edged fairy tale for grown ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. When Animal Farm was first published fifty years ago, Stalinest Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece has a meaning and message still ferociously fresh."
George Orwell's animal farm was written in 1946 and is still a classic. I loved reading it in school, and I Still love it. It's one of those books that you don't forget. It's simple, but good. The simple tale of communism, and takes place on a farm is a captivating story.
American congress contemplating the nationalization of US banks...
US Constitution "over" as was declared by Democrats during the election...
Possee comitatus law suspended...
US military troops in action on US soil...
If you are dismayed and wonder what happened, this might be the book for you.
And then check out Orwell's other title, 1984.
Up is down, down is up, and if you don't think so, you'll be sent to re-education camp.
Remind anyone of the gulags, USSR, bad old days---in Eastern Europe.
If you havent read Animal Farm i highly recommend. Its a book that can be enjoyed by just about anyone. Younger folk would get a kick out of the animal antics. Adults will immediately draw the parrallels between Animal Farm and historical accounts of revolutions past and would be champions turned totalitarians.
I cant help but associate the Castro revolution with this story. It just seems so fitting.
A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned--a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.
"A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times."--New York Times
This book has been on my "to read" list for a while. A satire of Orwell's opinion on totalitarianism, particularly on Stalin's rule, it was an interesting read.
When the animals at the Manor Farm decide to have a rebellion and overthrow the humans things are good for a while. But when a stubborn pig named Napoleon takes over, things take a turn for the worse. The animals are turned into the slaves of the pigs, yet are constantly reminded how things are better for them now then under oppressive human rule.
This was a very quick read and also entertaining. It was actually very hard to put down, which surprised me. I was totally concerned about what was going to happen to the animals under Napoleon's rule. This is a very good read and points out a lot of problems with past and modern political systems. It details the evil of being politically ignorant in a humorous but very effective way. I was impressed with how convincing Napoleon's arguments to the animals were, from the outside it looks silly, but from the animals' perspective Napoleon seemed more reasonable than he should have.
This book teaches something that I think a lot of us are aware of from history, but it does it in a wonderfully engaging and humorous way. I was surprised at how easy to read and well-written this book was; it is a book that has aged well and will apply pretty much forever.
Overall I am glad I read it. I recommend that everyone pick up this book and give it a read through. It is a quick read and is something that will stick with you; a great cautionary tale about how government can lull the populace into submission while taking advantage of them.
Who knew a story about farm animals could be so layered?
Animal Farm is fantastic- one of the books that we are required to read in school that is actually a joy. The commentary it creates on societies and totalitarianism is phenomenal. So much going on in this small book, you will need multiple reads. Every year or two I read it again and find new tidbits to pull out of its labyrinth of hidden meaning.
A book that holds up decades after it was written. If you enjoy this one, also read Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World". Both classics offer new views on a very current subject.
From the first page, I was hooked. It was an enjoyable plot all the way through. I think it's entertaining whether or not you are familiar with the Russian Revolution or not but it helps to compare them for more added effect. It's very short and easy to read. In my opinion, it's a must read. I've even ordered 1984 because I would like to read more George Orwell.
This is a "yesterday" book which is so pertinent to "today's issues". It describes the cycles of history:
oppression, revolution, freedom, prosperity, apathy, and back to tyranny and oppression. Very educational!
This is a classic that I had been meaning to read for years. Orwell uses animals on a farm as an allegory for slavery, and as the animals become self-governing, you realize they are not much better off -- although many of the animals think they are in a much better situation.
If you are looking for a fairy tale ending, you'll want to skip this; it is dark and a little depressing. However, if you want something to make you think about human interactions and our perceptions, this book has stood the test of time for a reason. The book is well written, although some of the primary characters are quite 1-dimenensional (on purpose), and the book moves along at a nice pace.
This is definitely one to read twice to pick up some of the nuances.
Pretty good read. In my opinion, it loses some of edge considering Communism is the least of the World's concerns nowadays. Still, if you're interested in a political satire, I definitely recommend this book.
I was actually rather impressed with this book. It has an interesting characters and an interesting plot. To me, however, the best part was the underlying historical significance of the Russian revolution and the beginning of Communism. The story itself with the main characters being animals is a little awkward, by still good nonetheless.
Since its publication in 1946, George Orwell's fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong has rivaled Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea as the Shortest Serious Novel It's OK to Write a Book Report About. (The latter is three pages longer and less fun to read.) Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full. The animals' Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, or kill a fellow four-footed creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. "We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of the farm depend on us. Day and night, we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." While this swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, cynically editing the Seven Commandments to excuse their violence and greed, the common animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than in the days when humans ran the farm. Satire Animal Farm may be, but it's a stony reader who remains unmoved when the stalwart workhorse, Boxer, having given his all to his comrades, is sold to the glue factory to buy booze for the pigs. Orwell's view of Communism is bleak indeed, but given the history of the Russian people since 1917, his pessimism has an air of prophecy.
Jimmy T. reviewed Animal Farm : 50th Anniversary Edition on
Powerful fable. The edition includes some helpful insight into Orwell's perspectives and experience as well: committed socialist who was disillusioned with the way the Soviets played communism out. It is well worth reading as a reminder of the fallibility of people in power.
Anna (snoopy) reviewed Animal Farm : 50th Anniversary Edition on
I really respect how well this allegory was made. I even understood it back in high school! I usually hate when animals talk and it's a big farm family, but the story is good enough that I can ignore that. Also, maybe it's just me, but I was scared reading this book. haha. I imagined pigs coming to attack me, but wtv....I was like 15. It's easy to read and just a great example of the genre
As we approach the changing of the guard in the US, and the new and very disturbing Trump administration, i thought i'd take some of my reading time to revisit some classic dystopian tales from my early years. I have not read Animal Farm since i was in high school, over 40 years ago. Reading it today is more chilling than ever. Looking back on my life, and the events of the past 40+ years, it is quite easy to see that we in the US have not escaped the fate that the prophecy of Animal Farm portrays. Rather, we are settling comfortably into it, as dull witted to it as the "lower animals" were in this brilliant story. And as we move into 2017, it is clear that the pigs at the top are much more equal than the rest of us. A classic, prophetic, brilliant tale, more frightening and sobering than ever before. Now to get my hands on a copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four, another on my high school reading list.
Having read almost all or George Orwells works, I find that ANIMAL FARM really shows what the HUMAN animal does to his fellows. I find myself quoting this book when discussing politics and the state of the human existance. This book is short enough that even those with short attention spans could finish it.
I get it as political commentary, and some of it was rather funny, such as the way that the commandments were slyly altered. I also give it points for being short and to the point. But this is one to read for education rather than entertainment, I feel, and since I am aiming for the latter these days, this only gets 2 stars from me.
I had never read this classic. Now it is on my son's summer reading list, so I decided to read it, too. Awesome book. Even though it was published in 1946, it is very readable, and pertinent to our times, with lessons we can learn, and cautions for us all as a society. Awesome.
This book is a fast, enjoyable read. The story is very simple but the message is riveting. Orwell, with the use of barn yard animals, reveals the ruthlessness and control of the communist government. It shows us how powerful leaders can stir up the people to blindly follow them and how people fail to think for themselves. I would highly recommend reading this book as it still has a relevant message even for today.
I read this book when I was in High School about 3yrs ago, so I may be a little rusty on the subject. I remember the just of it though. It was okay, I guess. I had rather watch the movie more so then read the book. If you watched Babe or something similiar to Babe then that is pretty much the book. There is also a movie called Animal Farm if I'm not mistaken. If you love animals and like them running things then this book is definitely for you=)