Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

Format:  Paperback,

128 pages

Edition: Centennial

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: May 2003

ISBN-13: 9780452284241

ISBN-10: 0452284244

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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.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: May 2003
ISBN-13: 9780452284241
ISBN-10: 0452284244
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.32
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 452284244

About the author

Biography of Patchett, Ann

Ann Patchett (born December 2, 1963) is an American author. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. Patchett's other novels include The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician's Assistant, which was short listed for the Orange Prize and State of Wonder.

Biography of Orwell, George

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton for four years. Orwell was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left the position after five years and then moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books, Burmese Days and Down and Out In Paris. Orwell then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia.

After being decidedly opposed to communism, Orwell served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. He started writing for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. Soon after he published the world-famous book, Animal Farm, which became a huge success for Orwell. It was then towards the end of his life when Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell died on January 23, 1950 in London.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1996-03-15)

This 50th-anniversary commemorative edition of Orwell's masterpiece is lavishly illustrated by Ralph Steadman. In addition, it contains Orwell's proposed introduction to the English-language version as well as his preface to the Ukrainian text. Though all editions of Animal Farm are equal, this one is more equal than others.

Review by Library Journal (2003-09-15)

Ostensibly a simple fairy tale, this little parable is actually a biting satire on the Russian Revolution. The story begins on a quiet English farm whose dissolute human master (representing the tsar) mistreats his farm animals so badly that they eventually go against him and set up a new order under the leadership of two brilliant pigs (i.e., Stalin and Trotsky). As in the history of the Soviet Union, their workers' paradise is steadily perverted until the animal farm becomes an even more oppressive state than its predecessor. This book's combination of superficially lightweight subject matter and a deadly serious underlying theme calls for a dexterous narration, and Richard Matthews provides it. Animal Farm should be in every public and school library.

-Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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.

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