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Animal Farm - George Orwell

Animal Farm

By George Orwell

  • Release Date: 2020-03-05
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
From 268 Ratings


Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945. The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon.

According to Orwell, the fable reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism, an attitude that was critically shaped by his experiences during the Spanish Civil War. The Soviet Union, he believed, had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin ("un conte satirique contre Staline"), and in his essay "Why I Write" (1946), wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, "to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole".


  • Amazing

    The metaphor of this whole book really makes us think about the system of communism and just us as people. I definitely recommend this book.
  • Boring

    By PenguinCreate
    I’m forced to read this and I’m bored out of my mind reading it. Thanks school...
  • An amazing book about socialism

    By Aygsidiygdjdbvjdbfgjhbe
    This book shows how corrupt the ruling of socialism is! It’s really an eye opener to how much it takes and takes and takes until you have no freedom and horrible conditions left. Great book, the animals characters are portrayed very well in parallel to the theme of the book. Excellent read!