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'It is the history of a revolution that went wrong-and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,' wrote George Orwell for the first edition of ANIMAL FARM in 1945. His simple and tragicfable, telling of what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has since become a world-famous classic of English prose.
'Surely the most important fictional satire to be written in twentieth-century Britain' Malcolm Bradbury

Includes Orwell's proposed preface that was discovered years after the first edition had been published, as well as his unique preface for the Ukrainian edition. Also contains explanatory footnotes.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520245173
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (5 Jun. 2003)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9ENW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Essential reading

3 people found this helpful.
 on 10 April 2017
Other reviews have covered this timeless work with great erudition, so I will simply say if you enjoyed “1984” you will alomst certainly enjoy this earlier work by Orwell. And if you have not read “1984”, reading the simpler “Animal Farm” first would make sense. In both books, the deep disapproval of totalitarianism comes through loud and clear. A key difference is that “Animal Farm” uses humour a lot more – and does so very effectively, for example in what must be the most famous line from the book: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”.

Simple Profundity

3 people found this helpful.
 on 1 August 2015
By J. Ang
Still one of the most fully realised allegories I have read, and all told in such a clear and succinct manner. In a little more than a hundred pages, Orwell tracks the revolt of a group of animals against the humans on Manor Farm, and their valiant attempt to build a democratic society based on the well-intended seven commandments of Animalism, and the downward spiral that follows when they inevitably fall prey to the corruptible lure of power from within.

Socialism always starts with good intentions…

2 people found this helpful.
 on 25 October 2017
By S. Duncan
…then, as Orwell’s Animal Farm perfectly depicts, turns out to be a horrendous slavish and brutal system.

The Orwell classic as a special story.

2 people found this helpful.
 on 17 April 2017
By Blade
Orwell first created this story as a children story and then left it for several as he could not find a suitable ending. He then finished it and called it the Beast of England. But the publishers did not like it so the called it Animal Farm. Funny as children story it failed but adults stared reading it and soon found it funny and entertaining . It shows that even bad ideas turn out good if you have a good writer.

Fantastic short novel! Great print quality!

One person found this helpful.
 on 16 February 2016
By Ben
Another great piece of literature by George Orwell. Similar to his later masterpiece ‘1984’, it is a political allegory focusing the narrative on a small farm, who’s animals are staging a rebellion against their tyrannical masters. But as Orwell explains brilliantly in this novel in particular, compared to ‘1984’, is how a revolution at first leads to positive change, but when the people don’t relieve their leaders from the rebellion of their position, they basically become the new “higher class” or as Orwell puts it merely “changing hands from one slave owner, to the next”.

Well worth a read!

One person found this helpful.
 on 15 August 2014
By Garbo
I wanted to read this book because when I was at school I’m pretty sure my English class was the only group that didn’t study it, and I always felt a little left out! I felt I was missing out on something not only great, but also something that everyone would understand references to.. but me!

This is a classic. Should not be missed.

2 people found this helpful.
 on 26 January 2018
By Mr. D. Elliott
I read this as a child, a couple of times as a teenager and multiple times as an adult. I have enjoyed it every single time for a whole host of reasons. It is a fabulous story, it is so well written and manages to convey the corruption and twisting of a society by the few against the many in such a compelling and enthralling way that if you only ever read one book I would argue it should be this book. I have just finished reading this to my children and it has sparked many questions that have led to conversations. I think for that is worth a recommendation alone. In short, excellent.


 on 11 February 2015
By Herr Holz Paul
The appeal of Animal Farm is instantly apparent. Set out in fairy tale style – a fast moving and succinct narrative which leaves one in no doubt as to what is going on. This is doubtless the reason why this text has been so widely adopted in the school curriculum, although I must admit, when I first read it many years ago it did not hit home the way it just has done for me now. This book may be seen as a sister to Nineteen Eighty-four and there are many parallels such as the way in which the `facts` are re-drawn by those in power when convenient to do so. So again, the achievement of this book is really its ability to present man`s power struggle and his tendency towards corruption in the guise of the farmyard. It is as if Orwell said to himself, `how can I explain to people in the simplest way possible the way in which the primitive forces within our society can manifest themselves and lead to corruption and abuse of power.` Although it should also be said that Animal Farm is the story of the Russian revolution. In the appendices of this Penguin Classic there are some interesting notes by the author which include some information about himself and also his aims when writing the book.

Seminal Work

 on 24 September 2017
By Calypso
Animal Farm was written by Orwell during the Second World War. It is an allegory reflecting the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath through the vehicle of a farm where the animals rise up and take control.
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