Animal Farm

By George Orwell,

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The perfect edition for any Orwell enthusiasts' collection, discover Orwell's classic dystopian masterpiece beautifully reimagined by renowned street artist Shepard Fairey

'All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.'

Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed…


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9 authors picked Animal Farm as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

It’s impossible to talk about dystopian fiction without mentioning George Orwell. But rather than recommend his seminal 1984, I prefer his more subversive Animal Farm. While the novella is a satirical allegory of the Russian Revolution and Stalinist Soviet, its appeal and lessons are much broader. After the animals of Manor Farm stage a revolt and drive their drunken master off the property, they establish a doctrine of ‘all animals are equal’ and the maxim "Four legs good, two legs bad." But as the pigs begin to assert their governance, and then their dominance, the lofty ideals of…

From Mikhaeyla's list on dystopian to feed your rebellious spirit.

In this classic tale, farm animals revolt against human tyranny only to discover that an incremental slide into a totalitarian state is eminently worse. The first time I read Animal Farm, I couldn’t put it down. Each page horrified me even more than the last as its allegory pulled back the curtain to uncover just how nasty people can be to each other. Animal Farm is a quick and disgusting tale about the ultimate selfishness of humanity, and I reach for it when I want to be creeped out.

Even though this is another book by the same author, it can’t be left off this list. For one, it’s a very easy read, almost like a child’s storybook. And, once again, you’ll gain first-hand knowledge of slogans such as “Some animals are more equal than others.” You may even wince when the sheep in the story start chanting…familiar, isn’t it?

Like Bulgakov, Orwell chose to critique Stalinist Russia via satirical allegory. In 1940s Britain, the liberal intelligentsia was hugely sympathetic to the Soviet Union and it was near-impossible to publish anything overtly critical.

The novella works because it’s witty and accessible. The animals are three-dimensional characters, not just ciphers for Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, etc. I’ve never got on with Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, which I find too heavy-handed. Animal Farm, by contrast, is done with a lightness of touch that makes it as fresh as the day it was written.

My own novel satirises a lobbying campaign that rewrites…

In a book with so much treachery and deceit, it may come as a surprise to find a story of touching loyalty. This comes in the form of Boxer, the old cart horse. Although Boxer’s loyalty is his undoing in the end, he remains steadfast and resolute in service this fellow animals throughout the book. Again and again, Boxer works himself to exhaustion and never once complains or asks for reprieve. Boxer’s heroic efforts, both as a worker and as a warrior during one of the key battles and the rebuilding of the windmill, win him admiration from his fellow…

From Will's list on animal loyalty.

Forced to read this in high school, I grudgingly took up this tome on a Friday night while grounded. The fact that it had been made into a cartoon did not add to its appeal to a teenager, past all this baby-style stuff. 

The tale completely negated both the onerous requirement, while I glanced over my shoulder constantly as I read; fearing my parents might discover my pleasurable escape from their punishment. 

After dozing off as I reached the end, I woke the next morning desperate to seek more books that portrayed important issues in ways that entertained while reaching…

From Richard's list on science fiction for a good belly laugh.

I think this book portrays the true state of human society today and is arguably the most important protest literature of the last century. Animal Farm is the allegorical story of the rebellion staged by a group of farm animals against their human farmer in their quest for a free, fair, and just society. “All animals are equal”, the most important of their seven commandments of animalism, promotes fairness. But as the years passed, the rebellion is gradually betrayed and the animals find themselves living in a state as bad as it was before. In a card game celebrating a…

From Odafe's list on political resistance.

This book had an incredible impact on me. I read it in a single afternoon when I was a teenager, and it still resonates with me often, today. It simply yet emotionally and intellectually makes the argument against socialism in terms that anyone can understand. The characters are endearing. The story starts out with such optimism but ends on a desperately sad note—just like every experiment in socialism. That’s why I chose to write a sequel to it, updated for our modern society.

For some, this book is too advanced and adult for children, but I disagree. There are good versions with illustrations (most notable by Ralph Steadman) that make for the perfect book to read to a slightly older child. I read this to my own son when he was about 7, and he both loved the story and our rudimentary discussions about what it was really about.

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