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Animal Farm

Animal Farm

The eighth volume in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF GEORGE ORWELL,edited by Peter Davison,incorporates all Orwell's many textual changes and restores his original intentions where these have been obscured.Unavailable for 3 years.

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ISBN 9780436231353
Barcode 9780436231353
Published 15 August 1999 by Vintage
Format Hardback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780436231353
ISBN-10 0436231352
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
Publication Date 15 August 1999
International Publication Date 15 July 1999
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Orwell, George
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 216
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 242mm
Spine: 98mm
Weight 579g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.912
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The eighth volume in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF GEORGE ORWELL, edited by Peter Davison, incorporates all Orwell's many textual changes and restores his original intentions where these have been obscured.Unavailable for 3 year

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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 Well-written, thought-provoking, funny and above all short, it is considered perfect for the attention span of the MTV generation. For those who have yet to have the pleasure it is a satire on Stalinism in which animals take over a farm. Inspired by the vision of the prize boar Old Major, the animals of Manor Farm rebel against their human masters and establish a model democratic community in which 'all animals are equal'. But power corrupts, and gradually the dictator pig, Napoleon, betrays the animals back into slavery. ('All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.') (Kirkus UK)
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

George Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of some of the most celebrated works of non-fiction and fiction in the English language.

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