Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm

Librarian's note: There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here.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 tota...

Details Animal Farm

TitleAnimal Farm
Release DateApr 1st, 1996
PublisherSignet Classics
GenreClassics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Literature

Reviews Animal Farm

  • Miranda Reads
    A Big Effing Disclaimer I read books for fun, not to better myself.Since publishing this review, many people have shared their strong (stong) opinions about why this book is brilliant. And thank you all for the heartfelt messages about why I need to "go back to high school", "stick to Twilight" and "stop being so d*mn pigheaded" (cue the semi-ironic giggles).But in all honesty - I'm not a professional. I'm not an English teacher. I have never c...
  • P-eggy
    Amazon's very Orwellian involvement with this book at the end. If Amazon ever partnered Facebook they'd own us.This is not really a review, but one of those moments where everything that was clear to you suddenly becomes utterly muddied and you really can't say what lies beneath the murky waters although a moment before you were sure you could.I'm reading Christopher Hitchen's astonishingly percipient and brilliant Arguably: Essays. I read Animal...
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    This is a book I've been meaning to read for ages but never got around to - last week I not only read it but gave a lesson on the historical context for the grade 8 class, who will be reading this book and The Wave. As I found, out of the class of 24, about 20 of them had already read the book, and at least one kid knew it was an allegory of the Russian Revolution. Still, my lesson wasn't totally redundant :)For anyone who isn't familiar with the...
  • Anne
    The only good pig is a dead pig.Yeah, yeah, everyone claims Orwell wrote this as about the Russian Revolution, Stalin, and the rise of Communism. Pshttt. Whatever.You know what I think he was really saying? Beware the Other White Meat! Ok, maybe not. Look, I know what you're thinking, That pig looks adorable!, but the next thing you know, that piggy is all grown up and stealing your cookies!The only good pig is a dead pig.Yeah, yeah, everyone cl...
  • Manny
    A perfect book. People will still be reading this in a thousand years time, when communism is just a footnote.
  • Claudia Ramírez
    “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”Those damn PIGS.I can't even.
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    564. Animal Farm, George OrwellAnimal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945. According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism, an attitude that was critically shaped by his experiences during t...
  • Sid
    ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS !In the start, I thought this book would be from the view point of animals; about how they are treated, how they expect to be treated and how man is cruel towards them.But but but;I am amazed at how Orwell criticizes the political maneuvers and totalitarian rule, using animals to explain what humans do. The author beautifully portrays the way a revolution is started to stop what is happeni...
  • Ariel
    I first read this in Grade 11 and decided it was my favourite book. I knew a reread needed to happen right away, but it took me four years to finally get around to it when my boyfriend gifted me this beautiful illustrated edition. Animal Farm is a book I often think about and often quote, and it was a bit nerve-wracking to go back to it to see if it actually lived up to everything I had built it up to be. Thankfully, I'm thrilled to say it did.In...
  • Mischenko
    This book is featured on Shabby Sunday @ read Animal Farm when I was in college and it was one of those reads where you think it’s going to be boring, but it turns out to be a favorite. It’s an allegorical tale representing the Russian Revolution where the characters in the book represent people during this time.I won’t go into the plot too much, but in a nutshell, this story is about a group of far...
  • Merphy Napier
    I did NOT expect to love this like I did. I thought it would be one that I would be happy I read but didn't enjoy. Nope. I loved this book. Not only was the message clear and strong, but put in a disturbing way that'll stick with me. It was entertaining as a story alone but that ending packed a very real punch. Loved it.
  • Ahmad Ebaid
    "I won't read again to this writer", that was my first impression to "ANIMAL FARM".George Orwell was recommend to me by his two most famous books:"ANIMAL FARM" and "1984", and I had started reading "ANIMAL FARM" first by chance. Then I though that Orwell, almost, hadn't have something to talk about in his other book; because he "has summarized up all what is happening in the occupied revolutions". Later, I knew that "1984" was about Dystopian wor...
  • Bionic Jean
    George Orwell's Animal Farm is undeniably one of the best short novels ever written in the English language. It is a deceptively simple tale, which even older children could read. About an animal uprising, it is written in the style of a fable, and yet it can be read on so many levels. It is clearly both a satire and an allegory, a dystopian tale, and its author George Orwell made no secret of what regime, and which politicians, he was so mercile...
  • Dan Schwent
    Under the leadership of the pigs, the animals of Manor Farm overthrow their human owner and go into business for themselves with all animals doing their part. However, some parts involve a lot less work than others and things quickly change...I somehow managed to dodge this landmine in high school and the ensuing couple decades. However, I had a few conversations about it at work and decided it was time to give it a read.Animal Farm is a dystopia...
  • Ginger
    Animal Farm is a dystopian tale of revolution and the ensuing government that takes over afterwards. It could easily be a symbolism of most revolutions that occur in history. A new leader comes in and it’s the same as the old leader. Rinse. Repeat.(Note to self):Must. Not. Get. Too. Political. With. This. Review.I absolutely loved this book and the tale of this animal farm should concern anyone that believes in a free-thinking society. All it t...
  • Ujjawal Sureka
    Genre: Political SatirePublication Date: August 1945Love this book.This book is satiric and humourous. Orwell has depicted the political and civil issues of early Russia in a beautiful way. His writing is clever and makes the reader find himself very much engaged with the story and at times sympathetic towards the animals, only to realise that it is an allegory and all this had actually happened to people before and such misuse of power and trust...
  • Lyn
    Not as formidable as 1984, this modern day fable, though, bears down hard on socialism and even more on the very aspects of our nature that brings power struggles about.First published in 1945, this allegorical criticism of Stalinist communism is nonetheless still relevant today as a cautionary satire on totalitarianism in general.
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    George Orwell leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination. This is a blatant political statement. There’s no reading between the lines in order to ascertain the meaning, it’s all here on the page. After around page twenty it was very obvious how this book would end. History repeats itself and in this case it goes full circle. Nothing changes. And a wise old Donkey was the only one in the piece aware of this. We can presume he has seen it bef...
  • Gaurav
    George OrwellI got stunned for a while when I finished Animal Farm-a masterpiece from George Orwell- for the novella depicts our society so perfectly- the role of power, how corrupts those who are apex of a social system and eventually they eliminate their competitors, and it happens with almost every social system, it's like a treatise on our society.Napolean is not inherently evil, Napoleon's subsequent adoption of nearly all of Mr. Jones' prin...
  • Manny
    "They always call the other side ‘the elite’. Why are they elite? I have a much better apartment than they do. I’m smarter than they are. I’m richer than they are. I became president and they didn’t. And I’m representing the greatest, smartest most loyal best people on Earth – the deplorables, remember that?"- Donald Trump, June 20 2018"Four legs good, two legs better!"- George Orwell, Animal Farm, 1945
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Wow. Everything about this was so clever. I think my mind just exploded. Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:8. A classic with less than 200 pages
  • Samin
    I absolutely loved this book. It wasn't boring to me at all. I think Orwell did a great job of symbolizing all the injustice that happens in name of an outside force and how simple minded people who do not educate themselves get taken advantage from, be it West for Soviet Russia, America for Iran or Terrorists for the United states.
  • Barbie
    My thoughts in a nutshell There are so many scary and deep thoughts about our society. The most frightening part of the book that Orwell wrote it more than 70 years ago and it is still true. I'm totally speechless. I really adored that Orwell wrote it as a children story, but it is more than a little tale. It is pure sarcasm and truth about our civilization.This book only 144 pages (Kindle Edition) but it is so powerful. I truly love Animal Farm ...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    I read this in high school and hated it because it terrified me.It still terrifies me.Read this.
  • Dita
    I only meant to start listening to this today as I ran around and did errands. Instead I listened at Costco, the grocery store, the gym and finished as I puttered around putting things away and doing laundry. I couldn't stop!What brilliant social commentary; Orwell is a genius!
  • Khush
    “All animals are equal” is the original commandment – when the farm is still ruled by the cruel and alcoholic Mr. Jones. Once he is overthrown, and the animals take over the farm. The clever animals slightly modify the slogans to suit their own needs, for instance, now, they say “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” These more ‘equal animals’ are the ruling pigs in the book – a few pigs who oppose th...
  • Lou
    Animal Farm was such a great book and demands a re-read. That time is way overdue it has been a while since I read this and I was trying to find a way to review what Orwell was trying to convey in this story. I found couple of good reviews that put it so much better in perspective so why try myself when it's been written about by so many people. When I read it again in the not so distant future I will add my own thoughts So here's to what some re...
  • Fabian
    The inherent evil in Teletubbies. The satanic perversion of one very Disneyfied utopia. Orwell's super scary fairy tale is PERFECT. The tenderness in the animals easily translates to that shared by all mankind for itself. And, oh, so easily do modern political players fill the spots of pigs or dogs.Basically in "A.F." all the little animals contracted serious rabies simultaneously. Who will survive the plague? A.F.=America, now. The fairy story o...
  • Lisa
    The man-to-pig metamorphosis is wellknown since Odysseus met Circe, but the opposite transformation works equally well. Probably more equally well than the other way round, considering the privileged equality of pigs.One could almost get the notion that pigs and men are interchangeable, and somehow it is hard to know beforehand which species would be more (equally) offended by the comparison.I reread Animal Farm today for professional reasons, an...