-Animal Farm-

Chapter 6

The following year sees Boxer prove himself, yet again, to be a prime worker. The windmill is a hard task but the animals do manage to make extraordinary headway. Mr. Jones is then forced to relocate, realising the futility in trying to take back Animal Farm. 

The pigs then spruce up their living conditions with beds in their barn. The other animals are naturally skeptical but Squealer yet again convinces them that the swine need their rest after such ‘hard’ days of working for everyone. 

Come November, a storm destroys the windmill that is still being constructed and Napoleon puts the blame on Snowball. He then places a bounty on his head before stating that rebuilding will commence in the morning.

George Orwell’s chilling fable of Soviet Russia’s brutal dictatorship, Animal Farm brings to life in lucid, uncomplicated language the disastrous project of Russian Communism. This Penguin Modern classics edition includes an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury. ‘All animals are equal – but some are more equal than others’ When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. 

But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. ‘It is the history of a revolution that went wrong – and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,’ wrote Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945. 

Orwell wrote the novel at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished; its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain’s ally, led to the book being refused by publisher after publisher. Orwell’s simple, tragic fable has since become a world-famous classic. If you enjoyed Animal Farm, you might like Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. ‘It is the book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years’ Ruth Rendell, Daily Telegraph Books of the Century

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