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Animal Farm: George Orwell (Macmillan Collector's Library) Hardcover – January 7, 2021
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Animal Farm is George Orwell’s brilliant political satire and allegorical fable about the corrupting effects of power. Published in 1945 it is, to this day, one of the most famous and influential works of fiction ever written.
Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition features an introduction by journalist and writer Jason Cowley.
When the old Major, a highly respected white boar, gathers his fellow farm animals to preach about freedom, rebellion and the evils of man, he incites a revolution that has been brewing for years. The animals drive out their drunken farmer, Mr Jones and create their own society which promises equality for all. Two scheming pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, appoint themselves leaders and what begins as a supposedly equalitarian community descends into an increasingly violent and hierarchical society permeated by lies and corruption.
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- Publisher : Macmillan Collector's Library; Main Market edition (January 7, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1529032679
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529032673
- Reading age : 13+ years, from customers
- Item Weight : 4.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 3.98 x 0.59 x 6.22 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
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By Brent P. on December 1, 2022
Lovely book from my experience as a child when I read and I hope this book just received would fulfilled my appreciation of this book as I have yet to read. Thanks!
America’s Democrat party.
The intro that accompanies this version of Orwell’s classic confirms the obvious: this is a satirical allegory about the Russian revolution. It adds that Orwell made clear that he also intended “a wider application”. Fair enough. But every story has a wider application. What you see here is what you get: this is indeed a retelling of the story of the Russian revolution. You won’t need a PhD in Russian history to associate individual animals in the book with the historical figures they represent. If you’re not sure about one or two, it won’t take you long to look them up.
The story is engaging, and I highlighted several interesting passages. But it’s not particularly deep. It deserves its place in the cannon, but I don’t think it’s on a par with Nineteen Eighty-Four or Huxley’s Brave New World. In fact, it’s not even the same genre.
I concede, however, that context matters: remember that Orwell wrote the book during WWII, while the Soviets were allies with Britain. In an originally unpublished preface that appears in this edition as Appendix I, Orwell bemoans (in fact, whines about) the fact that he had trouble finding a publisher for this book. His explanation is fascinating: largely because the Soviets were allies (and also due to sympathetic attitudes about socialism in the abstract), the rules of polite British society dictated that criticizing the Soviet Union simply “is not done”. If one accepts his argument, the need for and impact of Animal Farm becomes clearer, and the prescience of the author stands out once again.
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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.