Animal Farm

by George Orwell


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    • Grades: 9 - 12
    • Ages: 14 - and up
    • Format: Paperback Book
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In this ruthless satire, 1984 author George Orwell explores the inevitable flaw in all utopian visions—that perfect societies require perfect people.
This title contains adult themes, language, and subject matter and is only recommended for older readers.

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Chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, George Orwell's dark fable chronicles the history of an animal revolt gone awry. In a surge of idealistic fervor, the animals seize control from Mr. Jones, the drunken farmer who fails to feed them, but the pigs who replace him prove to be even worse.

When the boar Old Major gathers the animals together to teach them the revolutionary anthem "Beasts of England," the young pigs Snowball and Napoleon take its message to heart. Soon they're organizing the animals under a socialist regime based on seven commandments, the last of which is "All animals are equal."

But it isn't long before the pigs are taking the best food for themselves, breaking into the farmer's liquor supply, forging self-serving alliances with their human neighbors, and even killing the other animals. In the end the commandments, which have all been broken, are replaced by a single rule: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Readers will find lots think and talk about in this novel that says so much about the struggle for equality and the forces that mass against it. For it seems that, when it comes to power, even animals are all too human.
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    • Grades: 9 - 12
    • Ages: 14 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 4 5/16" x 7 1/2" x 0 1/2"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-451-52634-2