“A delightfully humorous and caustic satire on the rule of the many by the few.” Animal Farm, The Guardian.
“I do not think I have ever read a novel more frightening and depressing; and yet, such are the originality, the suspense, the speed of writing and withering indignation that it is impossible to put the book down.” – V. S. Pritchett of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
“One cannot help but be struck by the degree to which he (George Orwell) became, in Henry James’s words, one of those upon whom nothing was lost. By declining to lie, even as far as possible to himself, and by his determination to seek elusive but verifiable truth, he showed how much can be accomplished by an individual who unites the qualities of intellectual honesty and moral courage.” — Christopher Hitchens
“We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. … There will be no art, no literature, no science. … There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always, always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.” — George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
This little volume contains two of the most prophetic and chilling novels of the twentieth century–Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell clear-sightedly looks at humanity and human nature and shows us what could go terribly wrong.
Orwell wrote Animal Farm – A Fairy Story in three months from November 1943 to February 1944. It was only published in August 1945 because it was seen for what it was: a critique of Stalin’s Soviet Union, which, much to Orwell’s disgust, was a strategic ally of the United Kingdom.