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Animal Farm: The Internationally Best selling Classic from the Author of 1984 (Collins Classics) Paperback – 7 Jan. 2021
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The animals at Manor Farm have had enough of Farmer Jones – he’s drunk, reckless and cares little for their welfare. When the boar, Old Major, shares his revolutionary plans, the animals are convinced they can thrive on their own once the despot Jones is overthrown. But as the pigs vie for power, they begin to bear an uncanny resemblance to the tyrants they have overthrown…
George Orwell’s renowned fable became an instant success on publication after the Second World War. The novel has continued to captivate readers of all ages, and has secured Orwell’s position as one of the great writers of the twentieth century.
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‘[Orwell’s] wit is both edged and human. Few writers of any period have been able to use the English language so simply and accurately to say what they mean, and at the same time to mean something’ The New Republic (1946)
‘The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years’ Daily Telegraph
‘Orwell … has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift’ The New Yorker
‘A prophet who thought the unthinkable and spoke the unspeakable, even when it offended conventional thought’ Daily Express
‘Matchlessly sharp and fresh … The clearest and most compelling English prose style this century’ Sunday Times
The Internationally Best selling Classic from the Author of 1984
- Publisher : William Collins (7 Jan. 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008322058
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008322052
- Reading age : 13+ years, from customers
- Dimensions : 11.1 x 1.1 x 17.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read this in one go. All the behaviours described within are widespread today (2019), far more so than even 10 years ago. Bad things are happening - all the signs are here, but we dismiss them so we can continue feeling safe.
If 1984 describes our near future, Animal Farm is the here and now.
Orwell clearly wrote this knowing what had happened before, to warn us it would almost certainly happen again. I think our time is up.
And the paragraphs!!
I gave up about five pages in and bought a different copy. Avoid avoid avoid
The quality of this edition is superb. Would look amazing in a personal library. Text is a nice size and there is great additional content. Well worth a buy! No spoilers here, just buy it and read it, you really won't be disappointed.
George Orwell was very good at writing books which would continue to be relevant for the future. It is often said that he accurately predicted the future with 1984 and Animal Farm but sadly he wasn't predicting the future he was writing about what was already happening at that point in time. Situations such as:
* Manipulating the lower class animals to work harder and longer to achieve a greater good whilst at the same time reducing their food rations and living conditions. Simultaneously the ruling class of pigs got richer and increased their luxuries. ]
* The use of propaganda to stir emotion in the animals and get them to conform.
* Convincing the animals that certain facts they had previously been told had never happened.
* Demonising someone and blaming them for all the bad things that were happening at the farm.
I'm sure anyone reading this would be able to draw parallels to worldwide modern life and political systems and those of years gone by.
This is an important book for any young adult to read, perhaps for them it would be an eye-opening, powerful story but sadly for most adults we are more likely to adopt the role of Benjamin the Donkey, we've seen it all before.
Although set in rural England it is a thinly veiled critique of Stalinism written at the time when the dictator was at the height of his power and in integral ally in the fight against Hitler. A little understanding of European history during the 1920's and 1930's is necessary to make the parallel connections, but the plot still works without this knowledge. This is a story about how the less fortunate can become victims of the manipulative. It is about the abuse of power and how the unscrupulous could brutally exploit the willing. Unlike the sub-title it does not have a fairy-tale ending.
The introduction and the two appendices [compelling essays in their own right] give a nice insight to why the author wanted to write this story and the original Establishment objections to its publication.
DO NOT buy. Some of the sentences didn't make sense and it was as if it is written in a different language and translated in English. Wasnt impressed. Avoid this book. The quality of the paper it is printed on is also quite poor too. Not worth it.... it is cheap but not worth it....
I have to say, I’ve seldom read such a satire of a real political system. Unfortunately it reminds me to much the Cuban history, from the end of Batista to the current days.
It should be compulsory in any high-school.
I have been trying to contact Amazon regarding this but they 'hit a snag with chat' and 'Click2Call isn't available right now'. What happened to the option of sending them an email? Amazon are generally quite reliable, so I am disappointed that there is no way of contacting them.