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Animal Farm

Animal Farm
 

Written during World War II and published in 1945, this is a sharp and celebrated satire on dictatorship. Orwell conveys his bleak message of man's inhumanity to man, and beast's to beast through stark prose and black comedy.

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ISBN 9781857151503
Barcode 9781857151503
Published 25 June 1993 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Hardback, New edition
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Author(s) By Orwell, George
Introduction by Symons, Julian
Series Everyman's Library classics
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ISBN-13 9781857151503
ISBN-10 185715150X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Everyman's Library
Publication Date 25 June 1993
International Publication Date 20 May 1993
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Orwell, George
Introduction by Symons, Julian
Series Everyman's Library classics
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 116
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 16mm
Weight 285g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education
Dewey Code 823.912
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

A biting satire on dictatorship written during the Second World War and published in 1945, ANIMAL FARM is perhaps the most celebrated twentieth-century English satire after the same writer's NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR. One of the very few writers to be compared in power, artistry and moral authority with Jonathan Swift, the purity of Orwell's spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy emphasize the stark message of man's inhumanity to man and beast's to beast

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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) is one of England's most famous writers and social commentators. He is the author of the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is also well known for his essays and journalism, particularly his works covering his travels and his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. His writing is celebrated for its piercing clarity, purpose and wit and his books continue to be bestsellers all over the world.

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