'All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others'When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with ...
'All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others'When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. '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 Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945. Orwell wrote the novel at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished; its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain's ally, led to the book being refused by publisher after publisher. Orwell's simple, tragic fable has since become a world-famous classic.This Penguin Modern classics edition includes an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Nice example of the first American edition, in dust jacket. Jacket bears price of $1.75, does not say "Printed in USA" on rear flap. Paper is slightly toned as is usual with this book. Jacket with a few minor chips and edgewear, the expected light soiling on white rear panel, now protected in archival clear cover.
Good. First American Printing in First State Dustjacket. Publisher's black cloth w/ gilt spine stamping; "first American edition" stated on copyright with no additional printings; rear flap of jacket lacks printing information, indicating a first state. Jacket is not price clipped & is covered in a new protective mylar sleeve, but is fairly tattered & soiled. Spine lettering looks fresh; covers have a few dings along the edges & moderate rubbing to the corners. Previous owner's bookplate pasted inside front cover. Pages are moderately/heavily tanned, but are unmarked. Please email for photos. Ships from New Haven, CT the same or next business day with Free Tracking! We fully guarantee to ship the exact same item as listed and work hard to maintain our excellent customer service.
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Very Good in Fair, Mylar jacket. A very good hardcover copy with gilt spine lettering. Light rubbing to corners, spine, including head and tail; bit of bumping to top corners. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Fair jacket in removable mylar; price-clipped; some fading, chipping, and scuffing; missing sections from spine head and tail. NOT ex-library. 118pg. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Inventory No: 019594.
, 1st Canadian Edition. (Hardcover) Very good in good to very good dust jacket. 118pp. The dust jacket is worn including chipping, edgewear, dampspotting and a mark on the back panel. Pseudonym of Eric Blair. (Fiction)
Small Octavo Hardcover; VG/VG-; DJ is intact with full cover illustration and text, protected with a mylar covering; moderate chipping on corners and head and tail of spine, small closed tears and minor-to-moderate rubbing on edges and covers, price clipped with some age toning, otherwise general shelf wear in solid condition; Text block age toned, but clean and durable; All text completely legible; pp 118. Shelve Case 2. Dupont.
VG+ in VG+ jacket. Second printing from August 1945, the same month as the first printing. In publisher's green cloth with white titles to spine. A VG+ copy in a VG+ cheap edtion dust jacket with the price intact on the front flap.
I've read this book before but get to be exposed to it again while our daughter reads it for a class. It arrived for her in very good condition. The book is a reminder to its readers of how easily people can be duped by an idealistic sounding speaker and that it is most important to truly think about the consequences of one's choices personally and to a group. How easy it is want someone or some entity to contribute to one's welfare without realizing the cost of giving up personal responsibility for oneself to a governing entity.
Jul 21, 2011
Beautiful language but not the best fiction
I am very fond of George Orwell but Animal Farm didn't seem quite as good as others. The language was, as always, wonderful but the plot didn't particularly appeal to me; this is despite the clear parallels with Soviet Russia and the vivid descriptions of the animals on 'Animal Farm'. Nonetheless, it was a short and pleasant read.
Aug 28, 2010
Orwell's disappointment with Stalinist Russia resulted in a fine book, one that I will use with my junior high class.
To quote a former president, "The government isn't the solution to our problems, it is the problem."
If you want a classic allegory that is as timely as ever, "Animal Farm" should be read or reread today.
Jun 24, 2010
I actually thought this book was very well written and thought out. I even enjoyed it although I wasn't sure at first. I cannot recommend it to anyone though, unless you really know what you're getting yourself into.
Jun 30, 2009
Filled with a plethora of subliminal meanings, this book will have you thinking. Picture the farm as a region ruled by the farmer; the animals are the population and each have different political views. Some take on democracy while some take on tyranny. Enjoy the revolution.
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