George Orwell Animal Farm (Signet classics)

ISBN 13: 9780451521569

Animal Farm (Signet classics)

3.9 avg rating
( 2,199,530 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780451521569: Animal Farm (Signet classics)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

book

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Since its publication in 1946, George Orwell's fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong has rivaled Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea as the Shortest Serious Novel It's OK to Write a Book Report About. (The latter is three pages longer and less fun to read.) Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full. The animals' Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, or kill a fellow four-footed creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. "We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of the farm depend on us. Day and night, we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." While this swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, cynically editing the Seven Commandments to excuse their violence and greed, the common animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than in the days when humans ran the farm. Satire Animal Farm may be, but it's a stony reader who remains unmoved when the stalwart workhorse, Boxer, having given his all to his comrades, is sold to the glue factory to buy booze for the pigs. Orwell's view of Communism is bleak indeed, but given the history of the Russian people since 1917, his pessimism has an air of prophecy. --Joyce Thompson

From the Back Cover:

'Animal Farm' is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories, and its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master and the submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind can fairly be said to have become a universal drama for our time.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780141182704: Animal Farm

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0141182709 ISBN 13:  9780141182704
Publisher: Penguin Classic, 2000
Softcover

9780141036137: Animal Farm

Pengui..., 2008
Textbook Binding

9780452277502: Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

Berkley, 1996
Softcover

9780452284241: Animal Farm

Plume, 2003
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Orwell, George
Published by Signet Classics
ISBN 10: 0451521560 ISBN 13: 9780451521569
New MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Signet Classics. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0451521560 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0171447

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 79.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

George Orwell
Published by Signet Classics (1986)
ISBN 10: 0451521560 ISBN 13: 9780451521569
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Signet Classics, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0451521560

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 121.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds