Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

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Signet Classics, 1996 - Fiction - 140 pages
75th Anniversary Edition--Includes a New Introduction by Téa Obreht

George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel--a scathing satire on a downtrodden society's blind march towards totalitarianism.

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"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

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.

When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

Animal Farm is an allegory of Communism. The animals on a farm are told by Major, an old pig, about a dream he had where all the animals of England owned their own farm. Soon after he died but his ... Read full review

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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

Not a fable, fairy tale, or allegory, Animal Farm is simply a straightforward Horror Story of how groups of creatures allow fear, lies, deception, denial, stupidity, and cruelty to govern them. Away With Truth! Read full review

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About the author (1996)

George Orwell (pseudonym for Eric Blair [1903-50]) was born in Bengal and educated at Eton; after service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living penning novels and essays. He was essentially a political writer who focused his attention on his own times, a man of intense feelings and intense hates. An opponent of totalitarianism, he served in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. Besides his classic Animal Farm, his works include a novel based on his experiences as a colonial policeman, Burmese Days, two firsthand studies of poverty, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier, an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia; and the extraordinary novel of political prophecy whose title became part of our language, 1984.

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