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{Free Textbooks} Animal Farm: A Fairy StoryAuthor George Orwell –

George Orwell’s Famous Satire Of The Soviet Union, In Which “all Animals Are Equal But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others”

10 thoughts on “Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

  1. says:

    Amazon's very Orwellian involvement with this book at the end. If Amazon ever partnered Facebook they'd own us.

    This is not really a review, but one of those moments where everything that was clear to you suddenly becomes utterly muddied and you really can't say what lies beneath the murky waters although a moment before you were sure you could.

    I'm reading Christopher Hitchen's astonishingly percipient and brilliant Arguably: Essays. I read Animal Farm too young to identify the individual animals with actual characters on the stage of communism (the old boar Major is Marx, Farmer Jones is the Tsar, the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, Stalin and Trotsky respectively) so this essay is giving me a lot to think about. So far, nothing more so than this quote (below).

    (Background to the quote): A group of Ukrainian and Polish refugees in a displaced persons' camp had discovered sympathetic parallels with their own plight in Orwell's parable and had begged him for permission to translate his almost-totally unknown book. But...

    The emotions of the American military authorities in Europe were not so easily touched. They rounded up all the copies of Animal Farm they could find and turned them over to the Red Army to be burned. The alliance between the farmers and the pigs so hauntingly described in the final pages of the novel were still in force.

    The book is banned in Cuba, North Korea, Burma, Iran, Kenya and most Arab countries. It is banned in the UAE not because of it's content but because it has anthropomorphic talking pigs which are unIslamic (is this not Orwellian in itself?). It is still censored in Vietnam. These nations wouldn't want ordinary people reading the book and looking at their own ruling porcine elites and seeing any parallels now would they? Who knows what kind of thoughts and actions that might lead to?

    Amazon and Animal Farm
    On 17 July 2009, withdrew certain Amazon Kindle titles, including Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, from sale, refunded buyers, and remotely deleted items from purchasers' devices after discovering that the publisher lacked rights to publish the titles in question. Notes and annotations for the books made by users on their devices were also deleted. After the move prompted outcry and comparisons to Nineteen Eighty-Four itself, Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener stated that the company is "changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers' devices in these circumstances." However, Amazon does not seem to a guarantee in its ToS that they won't don't this again and I understand that authors have the ability to edit (read 'change') parts of their books. This is because you can't buy a Kindle book, only rent one and Amazon can update (read 'change') them. Wikipedia and other sources

    Next step: Fahrenheit 451. Get the firemen out to burn the books, only ebooks allowed where content can be controlled.

    Original review 30 Oct 2011, updated several times.

  2. says:

    This is a book I've been meaning to read for ages but never got around to - last week I not only read it but gave a lesson on the historical context for the grade 8 class, who will be reading this book and The Wave. As I found, out of the class of 24, about 20 of them had already read the book, and at least one kid knew it was an allegory of the Russian Revolution. Still, my lesson wasn't totally redundant :)

    For anyone who isn't familiar with the story, Animal Farm is about the animals on a farm in England rising up against the incompetent, cruel farmer (Mr Jones, who represents the deposed Tsar, Nicholas II) and taking over the farm, renaming it Animal Farm (USSR) and - so the glorious vision intended - running it for themselves, so their lives would be better.

    The vision is given to them by a pig, Old Major, who dies not long afterwards. Old Major probably represents Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx, and it's not the socialist ideal put forward that is critiqued by this book but how that vision is corrupted by certain other characters, namely another pig called Napoleon, who represents Joseph Stalin. Napoleon chases a pig called Snowball (Leon Trotsky) off the farm with his personally trained dogs (while still just the General Secretary of the Party, Stalin recruited people who would follow him blindly, so that when Lenin died in 1924 he was able to defeat Trotsky for the leadership position and his "dogs" kept everyone else in line).

    The pigs then take charge, and with their literacy skills keep changing the rules the animals established in order to suit themselves, using a pig called Squealer to convince the other animals that their memories are faulty. After all, as the drafthorse Boxer keeps saying, "Comrade Napoleon is always right".

    Boxer is - for me - the most heartbreaking character in the novel. He represents the peasants, and is the most hardworking animal on the farm. He has utter faith in the leadership of Napoleon and works himself to the bone - literally. His reward is very telling, though I don't want to give it away. Most of the characters represent either a person, several people or groups of people, and for the complete list you can check it out on Wikipedia.

    Orwell, while a socialist, was very cynical about Stalin's communist USSR - and for good reason! Animal Farm is a very well-written critique of how socialist ideals are corrupted by powerful people, how the uneducated masses are taken advantage of, and how the dictator or communist leaders turn into capitalists (just look at China). It's a wonderful example of how effective the allegorical style/format can be, and a well-deserved classic.

  3. says:

    The only good pig is a dead pig.


    Yeah, yeah, everyone claims Orwell wrote this as about the Russian Revolution, Stalin, and the rise of Communism.
    Pshttt. Whatever.
    You know what I think he was really saying?
    Beware the Other White Meat!
    Ok, maybe not.


    Look, I know what you're thinking, That pig looks adorable!, but the next thing you know, that piggy is all grown up and stealing your cookies!


    And you'll let it steal your cookies because Mr. Pig has convinced you that giving up your cookies every day was a part of the original agreement! Besides, what do you know, you're just a stupid sheep...


    Plus, it's just a cookie, where's the harm?
    Not to mention, the last guy who complained about giving up his cookie ended up mauled by that dog. Probably just a coincidence, though.


    But it's ok because pigs are smart. That's what everyone says, right? Smarter than you are, at any rate. And if the pig says it's ok, then it's ok.
    I mean look at it! It couldn't possibly have anything but your best interests at heart!


    Alright, I'm outta pig gifs.
    So, I thought this was a pretty cool book. Sure, it's supposed to be about Russia, but it could just as easily be about the working class in my country.
    Bottom line?
    We need to stop listening to the spin doctors on the boob tube and start thinking for ourselves. Question everything, especially the things we think we know are true. It might be a good idea to teach our kids that it's ok to not blindly believe everything we tell them, too. Besides, if we're right, then our ideals can stand up to the scrutiny of children. Otherwise, we risk raising a generation of idiots.
    Oh! I found one more pig gif!


  4. says:

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

    Those damn PIGS.

    I can't even.

  5. says:

    A perfect book. People will still be reading this in a thousand years time, when communism is just a footnote.

  6. says:

    564. Animal Farm, George Orwell

    Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945.

    According to Orwell, the book 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.

    Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, summons the animals on the farm together for a meeting, during which he refers to humans as "enemies" and teaches the animals a revolutionary song called "Beasts of England".

    When Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the Rebellion. The animals revolt and drive the drunken and irresponsible farmer Mr. Jones from the farm, renaming it "Animal Farm". They adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, "All animals are equal."

    Snowball teaches the animals to read and write, while Napoleon educates young puppies on the principles of Animalism. Food is plentiful, and the farm runs smoothly. The pigs elevate themselves to positions of leadership and set aside special food items, ostensibly for their personal health.
    Some time later, several men attack Animal Farm.

    Jones and his men are making an attempt to recapture the farm, aided by several other farmers who are terrified of similar animal revolts. Snowball and the animals, who are hiding in ambush, defeat the men by launching a surprise attack as soon as they enter the farmyard. Snowball's popularity soars, and this event is proclaimed "The Battle of the Cowshed".

    It is celebrated annually with the firing of a gun, on the anniversary of the Revolution. Napoleon and Snowball vie for pre-eminence. When Snowball announces his plans to modernize the farm by building a windmill, Napoleon has his dogs chase Snowball away and declares himself leader. ...

    عنوان: قلعه (مزرعه) حیوانات - نویسنده: جورج اورول؛ (جامی،...) ادبیات انگلستان؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش متن نسخه انگلیسی: در سال 1975 میلادی

    مترجمها: بدون هیچ ترتیبی آنهایی را که یافتم 44 نامدار را بنگاشتم. گویا باید در رکوردهای گینس ثبت شود
    مترجم 01 - امیرامیرشاهی در 154 ص؛
    مترجم 02 - محمد فیروزبخت در 136 ص؛
    مترجم 03 - احسان واحدی در 133 ص؛
    مترجم 04 - رضا زارع در 120 ص؛
    مترجم 05 - علی گرانمایه در 152 ص؛
    مترجم 06 - سیروس نورآبادی و محسن موحدی زاد در 130 ص؛
    مترجم 07 - احمد کسایی پور در 171 ص؛ نشر ماهی 1394 در 147 ص؛
    مترجم 08 - مرضیه صدر در 108 ص؛
    مترجم 09 - نرگس حیدری منجیلی در 128 ص؛
    مترجم 10 - صالح حسینی و معصومه نبی زاده در 158 ص؛
    مترجم 11 - آزاده دادفر در 195 ص؛
    مترجم 12 - مریم صالحی در 127 ص؛
    مترجم 13 - شهاب حبیبی در 176 ص؛
    مترجم 14 - مجید نوریان در 78 ص؛
    مترجم 15 - همایون نوراحمر در 131 ص؛
    مترجم 16 - همایون بهشتی در 139 ص؛
    مترجم 17 - مرجان غیبی در 234 ص؛
    مترجم 18 - یولاند گوهرین در 160 ص؛
    مترجم 19 - غلامرضا صالحی معوا در 128 ص؛
    مترجم 20 - زهرا نوروزی در 117 ص؛
    مترجم 21 - زینت علیزاده در 128 ص؛
    مترجم 22 - بهروز غریب پور در 92 ص؛
    مترجم 23 - سمانه فلاح در 104 ص؛
    مترجم 24 - وحید کیان در 139 ص؛
    مترجم 25 - محمدرضا آخوندی و زهرا محمدی در 108 ص؛
    مترجم 26 - مریم رشتی زاده در 124 ص؛
    مترجم 27 - محمد هاشمی و سعید هاشمی در 112 ص؛
    مترجم 28 - حوریا موسایی در 126 ص؛
    مترجم 29 - منصوره چراغی در 126 ص؛
    مترجم 30 - مجتبی پایدار در 112 ص؛
    مترجم 31 - پژمان کوشش در 155 ص؛
    مترجم 32 - آوینا ترنم در 128 ص؛
    مترجم 33 - حوراء وحیدی در 128 ص؛
    مترجم 34 - ادریس باباخانی در 90 ص؛
    مترجم 35 - مژگان احمدی در 120 ص؛
    مترجم 36 - حلیمه بیع آتی در 112 ص؛
    مترجم 37 - قدیر گلکاریان در 120 ص؛
    مترجم 38 - علی اصغر افرجی در 132 ص؛
    مترجم 39 - مهنوش جواهری در 141 ص؛
    مترجم 40 - علی جواهرکلام در 128 ص؛
    مترجم 41 - حجت امامی در 127 ص؛
    مترجم 42 - محمدعلی جدیری و صمد محمدی آسیابی در 111 ص؛
    مترجم 43 - حمیدرضا بلوچ در 127 ص؛
    مترجم 44 - اجمدکسایی پور در 147 ص؛

    مزرعه ی حیوانات، یا: «قلعه حیوانات»، رمانی پاد آرمان‌شهری، به زبان انگلیسی، و نوشته ی «جُرج اُروِل» است. ایشان این رمان را، در طول جنگ جهانی دوم بنوشته، و در سال 1945 میلادی، در «انگلستان منتشر» کرده است. «مزرعه ی حیوانات»، درباره ی گروهی از جانوران اهلی ست، که در اقدامی آرمانگرایانه و انقلابی، صاحب مزرعه (آقای جونز) را، از مزرعه‌ ی خویش فراری می‌دهند، تا خود اداره ی مزرعه را به‌ دست گرفته، و «برابری» و «رفاه» را، در جامعه ی خود، برقرار سازند

    رهبری این جنبش را، گروهی از خوک‌ها، به‌ دست دارند، ولی پس از مدتی، این گروه انقلابی نیز، به رهبری خوکی به نام «ناپلئون»، همچون همان آقای «جونز»، به بهره‌ کشی از حیوانات مزرعه می‌پردازند، و هرگونه مخالفتی را سرکوب می‌کنند. «اورول»، با نگارش این رُمان، از استبداد طبقه ی حاکم شوروی، به سختی ناراضی، و باور داشتند نظام شوروی به یک دیکتاتوری بدل گشته، و بر پایه ی کیش شخصیت، بنا شده است.داستان، با توصیف شبی آغاز می‌شود، که خوکی به نام «میجر پیر»، حیوانات را گرد هم آورده، و از ستمی که انسان بر حیوانات روا داشته، برای آنان سخن می‌گوید، و حیوانات را، به شورش علیه انسان دعوت می‌کند.وی سپس، یک سرود کهن را که پس از آن به سرودی انقلابی، در بین حیوانات مزرعه تبدیل می‌شود، به آنها یاد میدهد. پس از چندی، حیوانات در پی شورشی، مالک مزرعه، به نام آقای «جونز» را، از مزرعه بیرون کرده، و خود اداره ی آن را به دست می‌گیرند

    پس از آن انقلاب حیوانی، خوکها (که از هوش بالاتری نسبت به سایر حیوانات برخوردار هستند) نقش رهبری حیوانات مزرعه را به دست می‌گیرند؛ اما پس از چندی در بین خود حیوانات، یک سری توطئه، و کودتا انجام می‌گیرد؛ «ناپلئون» که یکی از دو خوک پرنفوذ مزرعه است، با استفاده از سگ‌های درنده‌ ای که مخفیانه تربیت کرده؛ «سنوبال»، دیگر خوک پرنفوذ مزرعه را فراری داده، و خود رهبر بلامنازع مزرعه می‌شود؛ پس از آن، «سنوبال» عامل «جونز» معرفی شده، و تمام رویدادهای بد، و خرابکاری‌هایی که در مزرعه صورت می‌گیرد، به وی یا عوامل او در داخل مزرعه نسبت داده می‌شود؛ و به فرمان «ناپلئون» عده ی زیادی از حیوانات، به جرم همکاری با «سنوبال»، توسط سگ‌ها اعدام می‌شوند

    در ادامه ی داستان خوک‌ها به‌ تدریج همه ی قوانین حیوانات را زیر پا می‌گذارند. قانون اساسی حیوانات معروف به «هفت فرمان» به تدریج محو و تحریف می‌شود، خواندن سرود قدغن، و حیوانات با غذای روزانه ی کم، مجبور به کار بسیار می‌شوند. در حالیکه خوک‌ها فرمانروایی می‌کنند، و غذای زیادی می‌خورند؛ و از تمام امکانات رفاهی سود می‌برند؛ و حتی یاد می‌گیرند که چطور روی دوپا راه بروند، و با انسان‌ها معامله کنند

    از جمله برنامه‌ های «ناپلئون»، ساخت «آسیاب بادی» ست، که قرار است برای بهبود کیفیت زندگی حیوانات ساخته شود. نقشه ی نخستین آسیاب، توسط «سنوبال» طرح‌ریزی شده بوده، و در ابتدا «ناپلئون» به مخالفت با آن برمی‌خیزد، ولی با بیرون راندن «سنوبال»، ایده ی ساخت آن را پی می‌گیرد، اما به دلیل بی کفایتی «ناپلئون»، ساخت آن به شکل مطلوبی پیش نمی‌رود

    در پایان، ساخته شدن آسیاب، که با فداکاری‌ها و زجر و تحمل فراوان حیوانات مزرعه، امکان‌پذیر گردیده، نه تنها به بهبود وضعیت زندگی حیوانات منجر نمی‌شود، که خود به آسبابی برای بهره‌ کشی بیشتر از حیوانات بدل می‌گردد. ا. شربیانی

  7. says:

    Funnily enough, i read this book as a child and thought that it really WAS about animals. I remember thinking, Evil Pigs, I'm glad you're bacon in MY world, and Poor Hardworking Horsies, come live on my farm instead. You can have all the hay and makopa you want (sadly, no apples, tropical climate).

    I reread it after education spoiled my natural inclinations for fast and absolute punishment of evildoers and eternal rewards for the good. I do find it pleasantly strange that these animals are symbols for political stereotypes and yet people still appear in the book. Isn't that CRAZY? That's literary perversion in a class all its own.

    I'm thankful i read this in my formative years, before I had all this intellectual baggage (emphasis on baggage, piano on the intellect), because I got to appreciate it like a child would, almost like the way I appreciated Charlotte's Web. To me, back then, it was just another story about animals, albeit a wordy one, with no pictures.

    Which is probably why I still experience a certain righteous thrill when eating crispy bacon.

  8. says:

    Update after my February 2020 Re-read

    A lot has happened in the world since I read this in high school in the mid-1990s. The book is as interesting and powerful as I remember. However, I think having an adult perspective on life, government, laws, taxes, rights, etc. makes this a much more powerful for me now than it was when I was a teenager.

    One of the great things about this book, too, is that it is not very long. I think that morality tales with political undertones can be daunting if you know you are dealing with a 300-page book. This tells a strong tale in 125 pages or so that is easy to read but difficult to swallow. An allegory that is a must read for all!

    I will also say that this book has an ending that I remember as being “wow, but not super shocking” as a teenager. Now, it is absolutely terrifying – it gave me chills!

    Original review

    One of the best - no doubt! So much symbolism and meaning crammed into such a small book. Also, a great use of anthropomorphism (I just wanted to use a big, fancy sounding word!)

    Review wise, that is about all I need to say - it is great, read it!

    But, I will add this anecdote . . .

    I read this when I was in High School as required reading. Most required reading books were long and not all that exciting (I am looking at you, Jane Eyre!) But, this one was so good that I couldn't put it down. And, since it is so short, I read it in one night. Well, the teacher had assigned chapters and asked us not to read ahead. Still hard to believe I got in trouble for reading too much of a required reading book!

  9. says:

    This book is featured on Shabby Sunday @

    I read Animal Farm when I was in college and it was one of those reads where you think it’s going to be boring, but it turns out to be a favorite. It’s an allegorical tale representing the Russian Revolution where the characters in the book represent people during this time.

    I won’t go into the plot too much, but in a nutshell, this story is about a group of farm animals who rise up against the evil farmer who cares for them. They basically take over the farm by cause of Old Major (Marx/Lenen), the pig all about change. He get’s all the animals together into an uprising against Mr. Jones, the farmer (Tsar Nicholas II). The animal characters then run the farm themselves and develop their own hierarchy being lead by Snowball (Trotsky) and Napoleon (Stalin). In a way, the story reminds me of an Aesop’s Fable because the animal characters in the book have human characteristics and there are morals and messages that are quite obvious. Young readers can read it and they won’t pick up on the meaning–they’ll just think it’s a story about a group of rebellious farm animals against humans, but I believe the message that Orwell wanted to express is that power corrupts. Also that people need to think for themselves, educate yourself and make your own decisions. Don’t let others think for you.

    Someone recently asked me who my favorite character was in the book which is a really difficult question to ask, in my opinion. I liked a handful of the characters including Boxer, Snowball, Benjamin, and Clover, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be Snowball. Snowball’s ideas were in the best interests of the animals and he was always fair. He wanted to educate the other animals and make life easier for them. He was intelligent, brave, and stood up for his beliefs which is why he’s my favorite character in the book.

    I’m not sure exactly how old my edition of Animal Farm is because no publication date is given, however, Goodreads seems to have this Signet Classic published in 1956. This thin paperback is in great shape for it’s age with clean, crisp pages.

    My rating on this one is 5*****

  10. says:

    In the start, I thought this book would be from the view point of animals; about how they are treated, how they expect to be treated and how man is cruel towards them.
    But but but;
    I am amazed at how Orwell criticizes the political maneuvers and totalitarian rule, using animals to explain what humans do. The author beautifully portrays the way a revolution is started to stop what is happening and going full circle comes to the same point it started from. Just the face of power is changed.
    This book tells how the ruling class makes fool of the working class, uses their energies and resources for their own pleasure. What happens behind the closed doors of power.
    How the working class is being brain washed that they are happy and satisfied and free despite of the obvious slavery they have been undergoing.
    My favorite character was Benjamin (yes, a donkey) , who remains a neutral throughout and says nothing despite understanding everything.
    A huge applause to Orwell for being able to explain human psyche, political and social dilemma wrapped in the form of this story.