Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell

I read the Animal Farm years ago when I was too young to grasp what it means. I had been planning to reread it for the past two years; finally, I was able to read it calmly. After finishing the book in one hour, I decided to read it over and over again every five years. It has not lost anything of its strength since it was written in 1945, and I’m sure it won’t any of it in the coming ages.


Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell

In this “fairy tale” you will read how a revolution that started enthusiastically under the leadership of the pigs has evolved. And eventually, how the pigs also deflect the revolution. Some characters will be very familiar to you; you will not be surprised. When you reach the end of the book, you will be sad and angry. I’m going to cut it short because I don’t want to give any spoilers. If you haven’t read the book, please read it as soon as possible. You will love it. Finally;

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

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

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 élite 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 Orwell wrote the novel at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished; its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain’s ally, led to the book being refused by publisher after publisher.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.

George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair, known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is characterised by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

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