George Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of many works of non-fiction and fiction.
Ostensibly a simple fairy tale, this little parable is actually a biting satire on the Russian Revolution. The story begins on a quiet English farm whose dissolute human master (representing the tsar) mistreats his farm animals so badly that they eventually go against him and set up a new order under the leadership of two brilliant pigs (i.e., Stalin and Trotsky). As in the history of the Soviet Union, their workers' paradise is steadily perverted until the animal farm becomes an even more oppressive state than its predecessor. This book's combination of superficially lightweight subject matter and a deadly serious underlying theme calls for a dexterous narration, and Richard Matthews provides it. Animal Farm should be in every public and school library.-Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Animal Farm remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history." -Malcolm Bradbury
"As lucid as glass and quite as sharp...[Animal Farm] has
the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift."
-Atlantic Monthly "A wise, compassionate, and illuminating
fable for our times." -New York Times
"Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and 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." -Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker "Orwell's satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written." -San Francisco Chronicle "The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years." -Ruth Rendell With an Introduction by Julian Symons