#41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

Title

Animal Farm

Author

George Orwell

Genre

Novel, Dystopian

Readability

Regular.

Engagement

High.

Score

score-4

It is a great book.

Title (Original)

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

Year of Publication

1945

Cover

Animal_Far_-_George_Orwell

Short Description & Notes

Animal Farm is a book about a group of animals that rebel against their lazy and drunk owner, whom one day forgets to feed them. Through the leadership of a group of pigs, the animals take over the farm. The renamed Animal Farm is vowed to eliminate the inequities that existed and that “All animals are the same”. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted and an unexpected power emerges.

“Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.” – Goodreads: Animal Farm

Remarkable Quotes

“And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray.”

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

Fun Facts

The most important textual variant of Animal Farm affects its title-page. Orwell called his books, Animal Farm: A Fairy Story.

Orwell stated that though Animal Farm was “primarily a satire on the Russian Revolution” it was intended to have a wider application. That kin of revolution, which he defined as “violent conspiratorial revolution”, could only lead to a change of masters. He went on: “I meant the moral to be that revolutions only effect a radical improvement when the masses are alert and know how to chuck out their leaders as soon as the latter have done their job. The turning-point of the story was supposed to be when the pigs kept the milk and apples for themselves”.

Some publishers rejected George Orwell’s submission saying “it is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA” and that “there was no market for children’s books”.

The book was an enormous and immediate success.

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