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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story


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With a foreword by Ann Patchett

George Orwell's timeless fable - a parable for would-be liberators everywhere, glimpsed through the lens of our own history

As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

This new , beautiful paperback edition with a foreword by Ann Patchett  features deckled edges and french flaps — a perfect gift for any occasion.

Book News Annotation:

<:st> Orwell's classic political fable is often cited as simply a condemnation of Stalinism, which it certainly was, but its political relevance is both wider and more enduring, as novelist Ann Patchett notes in her introductory essay to this new edition. Among the lessons contained in its pages is the need of politicians for "The Enemy" (think Axis of Evil) and the dangers of individuality to oppressive political order. A previous edition of this book was cited in the third edition of Books for College Libraries
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


George Orwell's timeless fable is now released in a centennial edition with aForeword by Gore Vidal.

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E I Talamante, January 22, 2015 (view all comments by E I Talamante)
A classic with a moral that has only increased in relevance over the years, this is the January selection for

Subtitled 'A Fairy Story', this book is ripe with symbology and meaning. The animals strive to free themselves from human tyranny and find that as they move further and further from their former life, things seem to become more and more similar to the way they were - for some of them.

The most moving character for me was the soldier-like Boxer. Even after working harder than anyone, and with a dedicated heart, he was still treated as just another resource that had out-lived it's usefulness. My heart went out to him and his friend, Clover. Clover seen what was happening, and knew it wasn't right, but couldn't determine how to change it on her own.

Snowball tried to be like Jones, but it was Napoleon (with the help of the treacherous Squealer) that became Jones in the end. The Republic of Animals became a mockery of Major's dream, leaving everyone (even Benjamin) with a bad taste in their mouth.

A warning to those willing to see it, this book will continue to haunt readers into the future - hopefully not one that we will share with the residents of Animal Farm.
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Kyle Rakoz, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Kyle Rakoz)
I first picked up Animal Farm about 20 years ago and loved this little fairy tale! A few years later, it was required reading in school and I learned what the story was really all about with the help of my English teacher at the time (thanks Mr. Nolan!). Now, with myself as the teacher, I love to unlease this powerhouse on my Language Arts and Government students.

In today's world, with the far right starting to look an awful lot like the far left, this cautionary tale, showcases the best and worst of "humanity". Orwell crafts a simple story that appeals to all ages: children, teenagers, and their parents and teachers alike. Although the story is simple the message is not and is sure to make you take a look in the mirror and ask yourself how long you will spend on Animal Farm.
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rocky-o, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by rocky-o)
Like his other classic, "1984", George Orwell delivers a commentary on alot more than what's going on on the surface of the story...

This particular tale involves a farm, a farmer, and a group of animals on that farm that think they know better, so they decide to get rid of the farmer...

Their goal is to live in an "equal" society, but, as with all societies, heirarcy eventually rears its ugly head, and shows us the futility of their statement that "all animals are equal", because, as Orwell himself puts it..."some are more equal than others..."...

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Product Details

Patchett, Ann
Baker, Russell
Preface by:
Baker, Russell
Baker, Russell
Foreword by:
Patchett, Ann
Patchett, Ann
Orwell, George
Orwell, Geor
Patchett, Ann
Plume Books
New York
Domestic animals
Political fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
Centennial ed.
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Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
8.12x5.40x.36 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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