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The animals at Manor Farm have had enough of Farmer Jones - he's drunk, he's reckless and he cares little for the welfare of his animals. When Old Major, the old boar, calls a meeting, the animals are enthralled by his revolutionary plans, convinced that with the despot Jones overthrown, they can thrive on their own.
However, soon after the farmer is banished from Manor Farm, the pigs begin to vie for control amongst themselves; the promised comforts never appear, no matter how hard they work; and their leaders begin to bear an uncanny resemblance to the very men they said they despised...
George Orwell's renowned fable became an instant success on publication after the Second World War. The novel has continued to captivate readers of all ages, and has secured Orwell's position as one of the great writers of the twentieth century.
'[Orwell's] wit is both edged and human. Few writers of any period have been able to use the English language so simply and accurately to say what they mean, and at the same time to mean something' The New Republic (1946)
'Animal Farm remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history' Malcolm Bradbury
'The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years' Daily Telegraph
'The book its writer called "a little squib" is the finest prose satire in English after Gulliver's Travels' Julian Symons
'Orwell ... has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift' The New Yorker
'A prophet who thought the unthinkable and spoke the unspeakable, even when it offended conventional thought' Daily Express
'Matchlessly sharp and fresh ... The clearest and most compelling English prose style this century' Sunday Times
George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950). A renowned journalist, essayist, critic and novelist, he is best known for his novels Animal Farm and 1984, and his work remains influential to this day.