Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

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Signet Classic, 1996 - Fiction - 140 pages
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Since its publication fifty years ago, "Animal Farm" has become one of the most controversial books ever written. It has been translated into seventy languages and sold millions of copies throughout the world. This edition is being published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its original U.S. publication.

It features 100 full-color and halftone illustrations by world-renowned artist Ralph Steadman. As vital and relevant as it was fifty years ago, "Animal Farm" is a devastating satire of the Soviet Union by the man V. S. Pritchett called "the conscience of his generation." A fable about an uprising of farm animals against their human masters, it illustrates how new tyranny replaces old in the wake of revolutions and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.

This anniversary edition includes Orwell's proposed but unpublished preface to the original edition and his preface to the 1947 Ukranian edition. These appendices evoke the historical context in which Orwell conceived and wrote his classic novel.

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Very clever political satire!

User Review  - ss2jones - Borders

At the recommendation of my husband I decided to give this book a try. I am an animal lover and thought it was just a happy and sweet book about animals. It was actually a very engaging and symbolic ... Read full review

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Classic Orwell. I read it in high school 40 years ago. As I reread it it so reminded me of what we are seeing in our country today. Orwell must have been a profit. Im sure the thought czar will get around to banning this book so get it while you can. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton College for four years. He was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left that position after five years and moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books: Burmese Days and Down and Out in Paris and London. He then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, he served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. After the war, he wrote for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. His best known works are Animal Farm and 1984. His other works include A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, and Coming Up for Air. He died on January 21, 1950 at the age of 46.

RUSSELL BAKER is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer known for his satirical commentary and self-critical prose.

C. M. Woodhouse is also the author of "The Philhellenes"; "Apple of Discord: A Survey of Recent Greek Politics"; "The Struggle for Greece, 1941-1949"; and many other books. He lives in England.

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