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Available in PDF, epub, and Kindle ebook, or read online. This book has 52 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1945.
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George Orwells' Animal Farm is a 1945 book about a group of animals on a farm who organise a revolution, and take over from their human owners to run the farm themselves. Adopting the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the animals are taught to read and write by two young pigs, Snowball, and Napoleon. As time goes on, rivalry between the two develops, which culminates in Snowball being chased away and Napoleon becoming supreme leader. Growing more authoritarian, Napoleon purges the farm, executing those animals he accuses of siding with Snowball. And as more time progresses, their motto of 'All animals are equal' gets shifted to prioritise only Napoleon and the pigs. An allegory of the Stalinist era of Russia, Orwell shows that true equality can never be, as there will always be those that rise to the top, pushing others down in the process.
Old Major – The boar who provides the inspiration that fuels the rebellion.
Napoleon – The boar who becomes the leader of Animal Farm.
Snowball – Napoleon's rival and original head of the farm.
Squealer – A pig who serves as Napoleon's second-in-command and minister of propaganda.
Mr Jones - Original owner of the farm.
Boxer - A loyal horse who is sold by Napoleon.
Benjamin - A donkey, and one of the oldest and wisest animals on the farm.
The Sheep - The voice of blind conformity; their constant bleating of 'Four legs good, two legs bad', later to become 'Four legs good, two legs better' is used to drown out any alternative views.
Quotes from Animal Farm:
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing."
"Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on--that is, badly."
"If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
"Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples."
"And remember also that in fighting against man we must not come to resemble him."
"These scenes of terror and slaughter were not what they had looked forward to on that night when old Major first stirred them to rebellion."
"And so the tale of confessions and executions went on, until there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon's feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones."
"Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer — except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs."
"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
Word count: 30,096.
Artwork used for book cover: Farm idyll with pigs and chickens, by Carl Bøgh.
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