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Both controversial and belief shattering, Animal Farm by George Orwell is one of the most acclaimed books of the World War period with its shocking satire of the Soviet Union.
Summary Of The Book
Animal Farm is one of the most controversial yet acclaimed books and is a devastating critique of the Soviet Union regime. The book details ignorance, wickedness, greed, indifference and myopia as factors contributing to corrupt and despotic leadership. Animal Farm is a biting satire of the Soviet Union using the disguise of a beast fable. All farm animals are called together by the boar Old Major where he denounces parasitic humans and teaches them a song of rebellion. Thereafter, the pigs Napoleon and Snowball take command after his death and start preparations for their rebellion. Mr. Jones is driven away and there are seven Animalism commandments that all farm inmates have to follow. Napoleon and Snowball teach these principles, writing and reading while the farm becomes a self-sustaining one. Slowly, these pigs start keeping special eatables for themselves and become embroiled in a power struggle.
Animal Farm is a satirical depiction of the rebellion of farm animals against their own human masters. However, their slogan of equality changes towards the end. A committee of pigs start ruling the farm and Napoleon eventually establishes his own tyranny over all other animals. The pigs establish their slogan where some animals are more equal than others. There is also the battle against neighboring farmer Mr. Frederick which threatens to destabilise their independence. At the end, the other animals cannot distinguish between the ruler pigs and humans. Animal Farm is the historical account of a revolution gone wrong and of the excuses that were presented at every juncture. It is a bitter attack on the Stalinist regime which allied with Britain at the time. The book was refused by a variety of publishers owing to its controversial content; it was first published in Britain in 1945. Animal Farm has sold millions of copies across the world since then.
About George Orwell
George Orwell was a famous British journalist, and novelist. His real name was Eric Arthur Blair. George Orwell also wrote A Clergyman’s Daughter, Burmese Days, Coming Up For Air, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Homage to Catalonia, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier.
George Orwell is known for astounding clarity and biting satire in his works. He had a deep awareness of social injustice and democratic socialism. He also stood steadfast against totalitarianism of any kind. His work still influences contemporary political culture and has given rise to the term Orwellian. George Orwell was born in Motihari, Bihar on 25 June 1903. He also taught at The Hawthorns High School and Frays College in Uxbridge. Orwell also attended Eton College and wrote a literary critique of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw. He is also known for his Defense of P.G. Wodehouse, the 1945 essay which directly accused The Ministry of Information.
|Publisher||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Imprint||PENG MOD CLASSICS|
|Number of Pages||144 Pages|
|Publication Year||2007 September|
|Height||7.8 Inches (US)|
|Width||0.31 Inches (US)|
|Author||George Orwell Malcolm Bradbury|
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Vinay Kumar Pandey
Mar 15, 2015
Not Against socialism but against people who betrayed socialism
Jan 6, 2015
a must read.
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Nov 7, 2014
A philosophical stroll which will shake your preconceived concepts
Aug 22, 2011
True Agony of a SocialistOrwell is obviously angry at the way Socialism has been distorted by Stalin. Using Animal characters as symbols Orwell honestly mocks and criticizes the Russian leadership under Lenin. It is a very easy to read book giving good perspectives on the Socialist Revolution.
Nov 16, 2011
Old yet contemporary!The story of Animal Farm was written by George Orwell sometime ago, 1945 to be exact, whereas this story still finds its match in contemporary settings. That's the brilliance of George!!
Aug 14, 2012
A political SatireAnimal Farm is a satirical allegory on the Russian Revolution. Orwell explains it, “It is the history of revolution that went wrong.” It tells the simple and tragic story of what happens when the oppressed farm rebel to attain freedom from Mr. Jones. It is about their attempt to rule the farm themselves on the basis of equality.
Nov 1, 2012
Book is ultimate to the core..you no need to know the history to understand this book..
Mar 23, 2012
Animal FarmPrice, as always, is a winner. Binding, paper quality are great although the book has some typographical errors.
Mar 2, 2012
A very relevant read for all times!George Orwell is probably one of the few authors who has more than one book featuring regularly in the all the favorites of most people.
Feb 2, 2012
Awesome workThis book captures in a few pages which many books can't capture in 10 times as many.
Nov 16, 2011
The Great CriticAnimal Farm to this day remains a warning against totalitarianism. It is a scathing parable on soviet socialism, a story which reveals us that blindly giving power to a party,individual or any demigod will be doomed. But we still need a social change and what this book warns against is blind trust. As an anarchist himself his book still tells us that men cannot continue to live under slavery. Men are born free and should remain free.
Nov 9, 2011
Good bookAs already mentioned there were a few mistakes here and there and a couple of blank pages, but the book is worth reading and there are also a lot of notes for improved reading if you are like me you will appreciate that including the summary in the end, Overall a good buy.
Aug 24, 2011
SPELLING ERRORSThough the paper quality is good for such a low price, and a decent binding the book has many silly spelling mistakes. The introduction is good and includes some details about Orwell's other books.