George Orwell

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

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Animal Farm is regarded in the literary field as one of the most famous satirical allegories of Soviet totalitarianism. Orwell based the book on events up to and during Joseph Stalin's regime. Orwell, a democratic socialist, and a member of the Independent Labour Party for many years, was a critic of Stalin, and was suspicious of Moscow-directed Stalinism after his experiences in the Spanish Civil War.
The plot is an allegory in which the pigs in a farm play the role of the Bolshevik revolutionaries and overthrow and oust the human owners of the farm, setting it up as a commune in which, at first, all animals are equal. The other characters have their parallels in the real world, but care should be taken with these comparisons as they do not always match history exactly and often simply represent generalised concepts.
The novel was chosen by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell (1903–1950), was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.
In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a police officer with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922–1927 and fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War from 1936–1937. He was severely wounded when he was shot through his throat. Orwell and his wife were accused of 'Rabid Trotskyism' and tried in absentia in Barcelona, along with other leaders of the POUM, in 1938. However by then they had escaped from Spain and returned to England. 
Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC. In 1943, he became literary editor of the Tribune, a weekly left-wing magazine. He was a prolific polemical journalist, article writer, literary critic, reviewer, poet and writer of fiction, and considered perhaps the twentieth century's best chronicler of English culture. 
Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949) and the satirical novella Animal Farm (1945)—they have together sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author. His 1938 book Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, together with numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture, are widely acclaimed. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of 'The 50 greatest British writers since 1945'.
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125 printed pages
Original publication
2018
Publisher
General Press

Impressions

    Vitalinashared an impressionlast year

    The book is very straightforward and economical. Good to read in any ages

    nataliaescortesshared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🚀Unputdownable

    A must-read that never gets old. Politics rests on the back of whoever chose not to understand or contradict.

    arte 🍂shared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    i actually had this book as required reading in my English class and i don't regret it! I will admit, if we hadn't analysed it i would have though it was about some educated farm animals. however, after analysing the themes it's a really great book with strong symbolism of communism and the Russian revolution. the writing creates an unlikely emotional attachment to the characters as you go with them through their pain and i couldn't thank Orwell enough for this. i really enjoyed this book and recommend it 100% :)

Quotes

    Jette Stagehas quoted4 years ago
    not adopt his vices. No animal must ever live in a house, or sleep in a bed, or wear clothes, or drink alcohol, or smoke tobacco, or touch money, or engage in trade. All the habits of Man are evil. And, above all, no animal must ever tyrannize over his own kind. Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers. No animal must ever kill any other animal. All animals are equal.
    Toghrul Garashovhas quoted2 years ago
    ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL

    BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE

    EQUAL THAN OTHERS
    Stacey Kuznetsovahas quotedlast month
    But they had not gone twenty yards when they stopped short. An uproar of voices was coming from the farmhouse. They rushed back and looked through the window again. Yes, a violent quarrel was in progress. There were shoutings, bangings on the table, sharp suspicious glances, furious denials. The source of the trouble appeared to be that Napoleon and Mr Pilkington had each played an ace of spades simultaneously.

    Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

    Але вони не пройшли двадцять ярдів, коли зупинилися. З фермерського будинку долинав галас. Вони кинулися назад і знову глянули у вікно. Так, тривала жорстока сварка. Почулися крики, стукіт по столу, різкі підозрілі погляди, люті заперечення. Джерелом неприємностей виявилося те, що Наполеон і пан Пілкінгтон грали туз пік одночасно.

    Дванадцять голосів кричали від гніву, і всі вони були однакові. Немає жодного питання, що сталося з обличчями свиней. Істоти зовні виглядали від свині до людини, і від людини до свині, і від свині до людини знову; але вже неможливо було сказати, що це яке.

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