Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
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.
It is the book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years Ruth Rendell 'Animal Farm is a timeless satire on the central tragi-comedy of all politics-that is, the tragi-comedy of corruption by power' Timothy Garton Ash Animal Farm has seen off all the opposition. It's as valid today as it was fifty years ago Ralph Steadman Remains our great satire of the darker face of modern history Malcolm Bradbury