- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing; First edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788172344399
- ISBN-13: 978-8172344399
- ASIN: 8172344392
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.1 x 13.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ian Wooldridge is an actor and writer who teaches at BADA, the British American Drama Association. George Orwell (1903-50) is the author of, among others, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia and 1984 as well as Animal Farm.
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Animal Farm is an amazing work by George Orwell. In this, he makes use of his stupefying imagination and prowess to exploit his wit to throw light on the tragedy of modern history. The book deals with the uprising of animals against humans eventually becoming the one to the extent that it becomes difficult to differentiate between them. The book is a satire on the hegemony of the humans first, and then, of the pigs. A short book with loads of intellectual food to feed your brains!
It's been a really good experience overall with Amazing Reads publications.
As known to all, the book is a comment on the events which took place in Russia. Right from the shift of power, manipulation of facts, dictatorship and abuse of power, Orwell criticised all of it by using animals to highlight the ugly state of affairs. 🐷
One can also read the book in a general way by relating it to the actions of most of the people in power, who take advantage of others and manipulate things in their favour.
Pigs are intelligent when compared to other animals. Taking this into advantage pigs starts being at a better position. Soon all the good things are allowed for the pigs. The prior rules or commandments are changed according to their own comfort.
Sadly this can be related to actual communal situation. Once having power they are ready to do every sort of thing for their own benefit. Eliminate of anyone stands against them. Even many powerful people do follow this.
People need to be educated and understand how this will affect us. Can be related to communism.
Present day example, shabarimala problem created by the cpim gov to make people fight over religion. It just relatable to this book's situation. Powerful people have control over everything whereas others are revolting but not so fruitful.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
. Good typesetting
. Fluid, easy language, so also suitable for beginners in English literature
. Much like 1984 and points out the hypocrisies in Communism throught great allegories and plot which only Orwell can create
. If read before or after 1984, it becomes better.
. The book is small sized and spans only 143 pages. Ideal to read in a long flight/long train jouney uninterrupted and alone.
I cannot even begin to measure the book's greatness in an Amazon review.
Great book, great product.
If you are seeing this, go for it.
Author: George Orwell
A classic! A masterpiece! George Orwell, half a century ago, created a literary piece which has clearly portrayed the today's civilization and society. The meaning of freedom and equality and it's practical face in today's world is shown in a clever way via farm animals. Orwell's depiction of pigs as the bloodsucking politicians and aristocrats, the dogs as the evil muscle power, the common farm animals as the lower class, the horses as the brainless hardworking class, the donkey as the silent spectator, the hens as the depreciated minority, the cows as the underprivileged farmers and many other references were top notch. The tag line 'All animals are equal, some are more equal than the others' is by far the perfect meaning of equality in our civilization.
Animal Farm is not a satisfactory tale, it is not a feel-good story to rejoice upon, it is the harsh bitter truth of reality. The ending paragraph clearly states that even after realising the reality we are and we stay with out hands bound, to do nothing and live always in a state of agony like as in digging one's own grave.
A five stars for Animal Farm
Highly recommend to all..
Orwell has brought forward a dark period through animals brilliantly.
It is a social satire but the language is very simple. Everyone must read this. Nothing more I want to say,just read it.. Appropriate for everyone,only the perception about the story will vary depending upon the age group. Moreover,if you are a literature student,read it!
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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.
The reason I chose this one is that it has an introduction by Bradbury.
After reading it, I think my money is well spent.
Besides, the value of this edition lies in the inclusion of the unpublished preface by the author in the first edition in 1945 as well as another one to the Ukrainian edition by Orwell.
I used to think (and still think) Animal Farm is the best of his works; after reading Bradbury's introduction, I know I am not wrong for my impression.
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.
One does not need to know much about the Russian Revolution and Stalinism (that Orwell intended the tale to be a commentary about) to enjoy this book, because it could easily be about any totalitarian society or one that has aspirations to make life better for the people. And that's what makes this work such a powerful classic, because Orwell speaks profound truths about human nature and the potential for evil when power is entrusted (through a tale about animals) in the most simple and direct way.
I bought this product (Animal Farm - Paperback) believing it was the novel and was disappointed to find that it was the screenplay. The product title should clearly indicate what this product is.
Going into this story, I knew the gist of it, and after reading the first chapter, I know it was going to be a quick read. I know why they read it in year 8 - it is such a simple political allegory to follow! However, the simplicity of the text is not to be criticized, because it actually highlights Orwell's genius! To be able to so concisely write about revolution (with particular reference to the Soviet revolution) and yet make it comprehensible to people of varying reading age/ability, backgrounds, and education is remarkable. This is a story with a point - a warning - about particular aspects of revolution, totalitarianism and fascism, and yet both a 10 year old and a 60 year old can get message through the same enjoyment. Like the book or not, it should be recognized for that great feat at least.
I did enjoy it, a lot. The accompanying appendixes were also interesting - an insight into what Orwell thought about the censorship of his novella at the early stages of publication, and about literary censorship in general - as well as an interesting personal foreword that Orwell wrote for editions for displaced Ukrainians living in camps in Germany.
The introduction by Malcolm Bradbury and the Notes on a Text by Peter Davison were both interesting insights to the reception of the novel, as well as some of the author's thoughts and commentary about the text. Well worth a read, though I chose to read it afterwards because there were a couple of spoilers.
Overall, really good, and I will certainly read more Orwell in the future. It turns out I really did miss out all those years ago!
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.
Reading it as an adult is quite depressing. Nothing changes. Good intentions always get shafted by the machine. But at least now our daughter has a few seeds planted in her head to let her know that the big wide world of politics may not be as boring as she first imagined.
Who knows, in a few years time I may try and read her 1984, or at least get her to read it. But not yet. Room 101 can wait...