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'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 George Orwell for the first edition of ANIMAL FARM in 1945. His simple and tragicfable, telling of what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has since become a world-famous classic of English prose. 'Surely the most important fictional satire to be written in twentieth-century Britain' Malcolm Bradbury Includes Orwell's proposed preface that was discovered years after the first edition had been published, as well as his unique preface for the Ukrainian edition. Also contains explanatory footnotes.
Superb, work of genius
How a man writing a critique of stalinist russia would concieve the idea of conveying it through the struggles of a group of farm animals is beyond me (i obviously lack the creativity and intellect of a writer no doubt!), but orwell's ability to communicate the hypocrisy, evil and totalitarianism of stalin's russia towards its subjects, all the while twisting the principles and dreams of the original revolution to create a hierarchical and oppressive ruling elite which out does any comparable fascist government at the time in oppression is mesmerising and superbly told.
A book so simply and unpretentiously written that a school kid could follow it, it will entertain any level of reader. Having a decent grasp of 20th century russian history will help, but not essential by any means.
What really amazes me about the man is his willingness to speak out when others wouldnt; despite being an ardent socialist himself, he spoke out about the evils of the russian regime when the prevailing opinion at the time (across the uk political spectrum) was to support stalin as an ally against the nazis. This makes him not only a great writer and thinker, but a man of great conviction and bravery.
An essential part of anyone book collection written by a man whose biography is well worth reading. Bravo!
It's a great and superb book. The story's lesson is well and truly valid.
Fantastic book .. Beautifully wrote .. Just as good as the film would definitely recommend to family and friends ..