Animal Farm : A Fairy Story (Paperback)

Author: Orwell, George

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one of the best books of all time!

on 4/25/2012

This allegory of not just political parties, but any organization is one of the best books of all time, in my opinion.the extended metaphor of an Animal Farm used to depict not just communism, but also the political machinations of any organization involving human beings, is on the level of the great biblical parables in its poignancy. Read More

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easy to read, but not sure why I did

on 7/23/2013

I wont lie. This book was a piece of cake to read. I read it in just a couple of hours on the way to Virginia. however, I have to say that i did not do this voluntarily- school requirement to do so. I have no idea why we read it for history class. I didnt get the connection of pigs to social parties at all. Read More

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Product Overview

In this controversial classic fairy tale, 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, setting the stage for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned. Illustrations and Orwell's proposed but unpublished preface are included in this anniversary edition. Reissue.

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Publisher New Amer Library Classics
Mfg Part# 9780451526342
SKU 30072727
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0451526341
Release Date 4/1/1996
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7.25H x 4.25L x 0.25T
Author Info
George Orwell
Son of an English administrator stationed in India (in the "Opium Department"), Orwell (born Eric Blair) returned to Henley-on-Thames in England with his mother when he was 2. He eventually attended Eton, becoming a somewhat rebellious boy who questioned his family's middle-class values. From 1921 to 1927, he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, a job he loathed, and after he resigned he devoted himself to learning to write, first in England, then in Paris, where he began to publish articles on social issues under the pen name of George Orwell. All his life, Orwell was aware of and outraged by poverty and unemployment and the inequities of the oppressive English class system. Impoverished himself, he worked in the kitchen of a Paris hotel, out of which came his memoir, DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON. He wrote several novels during this period--the first to be published was A CLERGYMAN'S DAUGHTER in 1935--as well as his classic study of Yorkshire coal miners, THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER (1937). (Later in life, Orwell commented, "Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism...") Orwell fought with the antifascists in the Spanish Civil War, detailing his experiences in HOMAGE TO CATALONIA (1938), and during World War II he wrote for the BBC. He is credited with coining the expression "cold war." Orwell's scathing political satire, ANIMAL FARM, was published after the war, in 1945. His first wife also died that year, and he and his son moved to the island of Jura off the Scottish coast, where Orwell wrote his most famous and influential novel, 1984, which was published in 1949. He remarried shortly after, but in 1950 he died of the tuberculosis that had long plagued him.
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"'Animal Farm' is a wise, compassionate and illuminating fable for our times."
"Beautiful...graced by bracingly savage Ralph Steadman illustrations....a reissue made all the more timely by the current crisis in the former Soviet Union."
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Editors Note 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. Available in April.
Annotation Orwell's 1945 fable about the power struggles among animals on a farm parallels the situation in Russia at the time as Orwell saw it; the characters include the ruthless pig Stalin, his idealistic Trotsky-like adversary, and the simple, kindly horse who represents the common man.
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Edition 0050
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0144
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