Animal Farm by George OrwellLibrarians note: There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here.
A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.
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Privacy Search Site. Interesting Facts About Farm Animals. They have a hard palate that helps them grind their food. Goats are great companions for other farm animals, including horses, cows, and chickens. Sheep make a bleating sound. A baby lamb can identify its mother by her bleat. Goats were the first animal to be domesticated, according to many historians.
Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell , first published in England on 17 August Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon. According to Orwell, the fable reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin " un conte satirique contre Staline " ,  and in his essay " Why I Write " , wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, "to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole". Orwell wrote the book between November and February , when the UK was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany and the British people and intelligentsia held Stalin in high esteem, a phenomenon Orwell hated. It became a great commercial success when it did appear partly because international relations were transformed as the wartime alliance gave way to the Cold War. Time magazine chose the book as one of the best English-language novels to ;  it also featured at number 31 on the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels.
On the surface, the undisputed classic is a simple tale of a dying pig who inspires his fellow oppressed animals to stage a rebellion against their cruel human owner. Orwell first wrote about his experiences during the Spanish Civil War for his non-fiction classic, Homage to Catalonia. Animal Farm was the result. Orwell also became inspired to set the satirical tale on a farm after watching a young boy whipping a carthorse whenever it tried to turn:. Orwell initially had great difficulty in getting the manuscript for Animal Farm published, largely due to fears over its anti-Russian sentiment. The book finally looked set to see the light of day when it was accepted by British publisher Jonathan Cape. However, the company swiftly changed their minds after being warned off by Peter Smollett, a government official who was later revealed to be a Soviet spy.
To mark its 70th anniversary (it was first published on August 17, ), here's a look at 12 Animal Farm facts you probably weren't taught in.
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Before he assumed the pen name George Orwell, Eric Arthur Blair had a relatively normal upbringing for an upper-middle-class English boy of his time., Orwell wrote it because he wished to destroy what he called the "Soviet myth".
George Orwell 's work changed the way people look at themselves and their governments, and is still hailed to this day. He was born as Eric Blair on June 25, ; in honor of his birthday, here are seven fascinating facts about Orwell's often Orwellian life. As a child, Orwell yearned to become a famous author, but he intended to publish as E. Blair, not Eric Blair he didn't feel the name Eric was suitable for a writer. However, when his first book came out — Down and Out in Paris and London — a complete pseudonym was necessary he felt his family wouldn't appreciate the public knowing their Eton-educated son had worked as a dishwasher and lived as a tramp.
One of those books is Animal Farm , a novel that makes its way onto many a middle school syllabus. Like rereading The Giver or Julie of the Wolves , delving into Animal Farm as an adult is a totally different experience. As you may not have known in middle school, George Orwell was actually named Eric Blair and wrote many great things aside from Animal Farm and , including stellar nonfiction. Much of that nonfiction work touched on his personal experiences, including his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War and his years working as a dishwasher in London. Knowing some details of his political and literary subjects gives Animal Farm a whole new feel. Napoleon, the pig, uses his power to sleep with all the ladies?