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Animal Farm

Animal Farm (Paperback, New edition)

By Orwell, George
Introduction by Bradbury, Malcolm

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When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, st... read full description below.

ISBN 9780141182704
Barcode 9780141182704
Published 22 June 2000 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780141182704
ISBN-10 0141182709
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Classics
Publication Date 22 June 2000
International Publication Date 24 February 2000
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Orwell, George
Introduction by Bradbury, Malcolm
Series Penguin Modern Classics (part: 264)
Category Award Winning
Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
Classic Fiction
Award Winning Adult's Titles
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 8mm
Weight 112g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.912
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Having got rid of their human master, the animals in this political fable look forward to a life of freedom and plenty. But as a clever, ruthless elite takes control, the other animals find themselves hopelessly ensnared in the same old way.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 -- Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
US Review A modern day fable, with modern implications in a deceiving simplicity, by the author of Dickens. Dali and Others (Reynal & Hitchcock, p. 138), whose critical brilliance is well adapted to this type of satire. This tells of the revolt on a farm, against humans, when the pigs take over the intellectual superiority, training the horses, cows, sheep, etc., into acknowledging their greatness. The first hints come with the reading out of a pig who instigated the building of a windmill, so that the electric power would be theirs, the idea taken over by Napoleon who becomes topman with no maybes about it. Napoleon trains the young puppies to be his guards, dickers with humans, gradually instigates a reign of terror, and breaks the final commandment against any animal walking on two legs. The old faithful followers find themselves no better off for food and work than they were when man ruled them, learn their final disgrace when they see Napoleon and Squealer carousing with their enemies... A basic statement of the evils of dictatorship in that it not only corrupts the leaders, but deadens the intelligence and awareness of those led so that tyranny is inevitable. Mr. Orwell's animals exist in their own right, with a narrative as individual as it is apt in political parody. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in India in 1903. He was educated at Eton, served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, and worked in Britain as a private tutor, schoolteacher, bookshop assistant and journalist. In 1936, Orwell went to fight for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War and was wounded. In 1938 he was admitted into a sanatorium and from then on was never fully fit. George Orwell died in London in 1950.

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