Animal Farm A Fairy Story (Paperback)
|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 Illustrations and Orwell's proposed but unpublished preface are included in this anniversary edition.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.|
From the Publisher:
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.
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.
"'Animal Farm' is a wise, compassionate and illuminating fable for our times." - Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. 8/25/46 New York Observer
"Beautiful...graced by bracingly savage Ralph Steadman illustrations....a reissue made all the more timely by the current crisis in the former Soviet Union." - Ron Rosenbaum
easy to read, but not sure why I did7/23/2013
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.
one of the best books of all time!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.