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Animal Farm: A Novel

by Orwell, George; Woodhouse, C. M. (Introduction)

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383 Madison Avenue, New York 17: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946. Stated 1946 copyright. No other dates. Dark olive green cloth boards, gilt spine titles, light shelf wear, spine rub. Small blind-stamped dot to back lower board. Pages near fine, clean. Small stylish antiquarian signature at front endpaper: "Evelyn Reinholdson, 1946". Small address label adjacent at front pastedown: "Evelyn Reinholdson, 4438 Van Buren Street, N. E., Minneaopolis 13, Minn." Bind fine, square; hinges intact. Scarce original wrapper, moderate shelf wear, small area of sticker-pull to front panel; unpriced, protected in new clear sleeve. Classic first edition wrapper design with geometric field with interspersed red and black titles, over black b.g. with crossing matrix motif. Very good early printing in good wrapper. A classic and absurd modern fable. Described as a masterpiece, fairy story, brilliant satire, and frightening view of the future. Animal Farm is a devastating attack on the pig-headed, gluttonous and avaracious rulers in an imaginary totalitarian state. Orwell utilizes anthropomorphized farmyard animals to illuminate the range of human behavior from love to hate, and comedy to tragedy. From back panel: "George Orwell is an English critic, essayist, and novelist who writes regularly for 'The London Observer' and 'The New Statesman' and 'Nation'. He is a frequent contributor to Cyril Connolly's monthly magazine 'Horizon,' and his London letters have appeared in this country in 'Partisan Review'. Born in Bengal of an Anglo-Indian family, Orwell was a rebellious scholar at Eton, served five years in Burma as a member of the Indian Imperial Police, fought on the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War and was severely wounded." The animals on Mr. Jones's farm stage a successful revolution, and take the place over. Their hopes, plans, and achievements form the subject of this cautionary tale. In the first flush of enthusiasm there is set up a great commandment, 'All animals are equal,' but unfortunately leadership devolves almost automatically on the pigs, who are on a higher intellectual level than the other barnyard beasts. The revolution begins to go wrong - yet at every step, excellent excuses are always forthcoming for each perversion of the original doctrine. Mr. Orwell has a wonderful sympathy for most of his animal characters, and they are all very much alive. It is not only the fight between the two pigs, Snowball and Napolean, as to who shall run things - what equally stirs and brings tears is what happens to the devoted work-horse, Boxer, and even to that less admirable, but very deftly pictured character, the mare Mollie, who loved ribbons. About this little volume there is the same kind of reality one concedes to 'Alice in Wonderland.' It lives in the heart as a direct story, as a story for its own sake, and yet, although the author never intrudes or points a moral, it also takes on meanings from what we have all noticed in the affairs of the world. To read it is an experience out of the ordinary, for it goes at a bounce into that region where the heart and the head join together in enjoyment. Printed in the United States of America by M. Wolff, New York. 118 pages. Insured post.. First Book Club Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Book.


Animal Farm is a dystopian novella by George Orwell. Published in England on 17 August 1945, the book reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II. Orwell, a democratic socialist and a member of the Independent Labour Party for many years, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and was suspicious of Moscow-directed Stalinism after his experiences with the NKVD during the Spanish Civil War.

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On Feb 22 2019, a reader said:
George Orwell is an author everyone must have the experiencing of reading. In this short novel, Orwell satirically criticises the Russian Revolution as well as other forms of government in the portrayal of animals to overthrow the human owner of a farm and begin to outline rules they must live by to be happy and free. This text covers topics of betrayal, leadership, honesty, and dishonesty. Orwell has always been ahead of his time, and this text exemplifies that in his advanced understanding of human behavior. I would say this is a must read, especially for those interested in politics and philosophy. Great book.
On Nov 21 2017, a reader said:
This book is absolutely wonderful. It is a fantastic read for many audiences that holds a strong historical meaning.

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Animal Farm: A Novel
Orwell, George; Woodhouse, C. M. (Introduction)
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Harcourt, Brace and Company
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383 Madison Avenue, New York 17
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12mo - over 6¾" - 7&

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