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Animal Farm
By George Orwell

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Animal Farm by George Orwell ranked # 31 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.

Animal Farm By George Orwell - Just The Good Stuff Animal Farm is a satirical novel by George Orwell, ostensibly about a group of animals who oust the humans from the farm they live on and run it themselves, only to have it corrupted into a brutal tyranny on its own. It was written during World War II and published in 1945, although it was not widely successful until the late 1950s.

Animal Farm is a thinly veiled critique and satire of Soviet totalitarianism. Many events in the book are based on events from the Soviet Union during the Stalin era. (For example, the character Snowball, who is expelled from the Farm by Napoleon, is clearly modeled on Trotsky.) George Orwell, though a leftist - he was for many years a member of the Independent Labour Party - was a critic of Stalin, and suspicious of Moscow-directed communism after his experiences in the Spanish Civil War.

The book is an allegory about the events following the revolution in the Soviet Union, and in particular the rise of Stalinism and the betrayal of the revolution which basically replaced one dictatorship for another.

Orwell wrote the book following his experiences during the Spanish Civil War which are described in another of his books, Homage to Catalonia.

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