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Animal Farm: Centennial Edition [Paperback]

George Orwell , Ann Patchett
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May 1 2003

With a foreword by Ann Patchett

George Orwell's timeless fable - a parable for would-be liberators everywhere, glimpsed through the lens of our own history

As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

This new , beautiful paperback edition with a foreword by Ann Patchett  features deckled edges and french flaps -- a perfect gift for any occasion.

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Since its publication in 1946, George Orwell's fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong has rivaled Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea as the Shortest Serious Novel It's OK to Write a Book Report About. (The latter is three pages longer and less fun to read.) Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full. The animals' Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, or kill a fellow four-footed creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. "We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of the farm depend on us. Day and night, we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." While this swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, cynically editing the Seven Commandments to excuse their violence and greed, the common animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than in the days when humans ran the farm. Satire Animal Farm may be, but it's a stony reader who remains unmoved when the stalwart workhorse, Boxer, having given his all to his comrades, is sold to the glue factory to buy booze for the pigs. Orwell's view of Communism is bleak indeed, but given the history of the Russian people since 1917, his pessimism has an air of prophecy. --Joyce Thompson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This 50th-anniversary commemorative edition of Orwell's masterpiece is lavishly illustrated by Ralph Steadman. In addition, it contains Orwell's proposed introduction to the English-language version as well as his preface to the Ukrainian text. Though all editions of Animal Farm are equal, this one is more equal than others.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, enjoyable, and important book to read Nov. 4 2008
By Wolfman
In terms of reading books that are classics, this one is pain free. The language is easy and it's short enough to get through in a day, and best of all the story is entertaining. My advice would be to spend a few hours on the net reading about the Russian Revolution and Stalin's bio before reading to make sure you appreciate all the allusion, allegory, metaphors and all that blah blah stuff that makes it an important book. This is the one book I actually liked when I had to read it in highschool, 10 or so years later I still enjoyed breezing through it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meant as a warning, not as a guide Nov. 1 2013
By Paul
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I first read 1984 as part of my High School curriculum.
At the time, it was amazing to think that a book written before any but the earliest forms of computers, when most people had never heard of television, and before CNN existed could have so eerily predicted things like Flat-screens in every house, and ministries in charge of controlling the news and pop culture.

I re-read it some years later and it was scarier still, as the world was at war, only now our enemies were the same band of merry outlaws we had allied with against the Russians. To watch Rambo III, and CNN during Operation Desert Storm, and then to re-read 1984 was an interesting experience.

Now, I think it is even more relevant. With everyone up in arms about the NSA scandal, figures like Osama Bin Laden, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange popping up in the State Controlled news casts, and more and more men and women in North America sporting "smart phones" equipped with great tools like GPS, geo-tagging, facial recognition software and fingerprint pass-protection I shake my head.

Every time I hear a song on the radio that I find my feet tapping along to, and realize the words make little to no sense - they just sound good together, as if synthesized to appeal to as many people as possible - and every time I see some news about climate change, genocide, or an environmental disaster overshadowed by the latest celebrity spotting I cringe and wonder if Orwell understood that he wasn't writing a warning for the public, he was writing a playbook for the elite.

Even if you think, "LOL - this guy is crazy!", you should do yourself a favour and really read this fantastic bit of fiction. Some would say it is a spectacular example of a literary endeavour. Others would say it's a really, really good book. I would give this 2 + 2 stars out of 5. So 5 out of 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Oct. 26 2013
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This is Orwell's most powerful work of allegory on Stalin and his mad man rule over Russia. Go through this one day reader and you will find reminders and cautions to today's easily manipulated mass media craving population
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST read. July 5 2014
By Mahya
one of my favorite books of all time! I have read it 3x already at different stages of my life, and every time it means something different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 29 2014
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good book
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The dystopian future envisaged by Orwell seems to still be scarily attainable. Newspeak is not just a fanciful parable about a future gone mad, it can often be detected currently in pronouncements from various sources. Witness the current "protection of ethnic Russians" by the Putin regime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story May 24 2014
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I quite liked this book. The story has a good structure than gradually makes you keep reading forward. There are certain phrases and teachings that i found particularly thought-provoking... After reading this book, I feel blessed of having born and lived in modern democracies. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Animal Farm Reviewed May 17 2014
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I watched a film adaptation of this book when I was a child, and it managed to traumatize me. I didn't think I'd ever read this book because of it, but my cousin kept praising it, so I bit the bullet and ordered it. It matches my copy of 1984, which I thought would be the only thing I liked about it. I was wrong. This book took just one afternoon to read and I flew through it despite having to set it down repeatedly. The characters were so well developed, and it was simply eerie how well the pigs managed to convince the other animals of everything. I enjoyed this book far more than I ever expected, and I'm so thankful to have read it, though I doubt I'll re-watch the movie, just in case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic...
A must read, it is a book I've read countless times and I never tire of it. A masterpiece, and the subject matter remains eerily relevant in modern times
Published 14 days ago by Julie Cluff
5.0 out of 5 stars I have seen the enemy and he is us
Chilling story of the destruction of humanity . Simply take away all the words needed to express dissent . and spy on the population
any one for the Patriot act ??
Published 2 months ago by woody
2.0 out of 5 stars A Non-descriptive, long winded tale
When starting to read this "classic" piece I understood that it was from the imagining of what life could be like if for instance, Hitler had won the war. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alexis Allinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Really scary how true it is.
I loved this book, because it really showed how accurate George Orwell was in predicting the future's government behavior. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sisay Jarsoo
5.0 out of 5 stars When I was 12
I remember the first time I read this way back when I was 12. When 1984 came I was terrified that these things were going to happen! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms Sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars So good. Will probably read it again in a few years.
This book is incredible. Especially considering the time it was written. George Orwells thoughts were way ahead of their time. Such a great read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by This Is My Pen Name
2.0 out of 5 stars 184
just could NOT get into this book. tried a few times. but the book just could not grab my interest
Published 5 months ago by JoAnne Rivard
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This book caught my interest because of other good reads I've been doing, and recently, the radio hasn't stopped talking about how Orwell-ish our world has actually become. Read more
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