Overview

This unauthorized companion to George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a controversial parable about September 11th by one of fiction’s most inventive and provocative writers

Written in 14 days shortly after the September 11th attacks, Snowball’s Chance is an outrageous and unauthorized companion to George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in which exiled pig Snowball returns to the farm, takes charge, and implements a new world order of untrammeled capitalism. Orwell’s “All animals are equal, but ...

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Overview

This unauthorized companion to George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a controversial parable about September 11th by one of fiction’s most inventive and provocative writers

Written in 14 days shortly after the September 11th attacks, Snowball’s Chance is an outrageous and unauthorized companion to George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in which exiled pig Snowball returns to the farm, takes charge, and implements a new world order of untrammeled capitalism. Orwell’s “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” has morphed into the new rallying cry: “All animals are born equal—what they become is their own affair.”

A brilliant political satire and literary parody, John Reed’s Snowball’s Chance caused an uproar on publication in 2002, denounced by Christopher Hitchens, and barely dodging a lawsuit from the Orwell estate. Now, a decade later, with America in wars on many fronts, readers can judge anew the visionary truth of Reed’s satirical masterpiece.




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Editorial Reviews

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“Written in lucid, wise, funny, fable-prose, this book brings to mind Spiegelman’s Maus—the use of a playful metaphor to reveal truths we might otherwise refuse to see.” —Jonathan Ames

“Reed is an extraordinary talent.”
—Fran Gordon
 
“John Reed excels in the realm of the strange.”
—San Francisco Examiner
 
“Orwell’s sacred pigs get a proper roast.”
—Portland Tribune

 
“The estate of George Orwell is not happy about it.”
—The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612191263
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Neversink
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

JOHN REED was born in New York City in 1969. Among his many books are the novels A Still Small Voice and The Whole, a play, All the World’s a Grave, and the non-fiction Tales of Woe. He currently teaches at The New School, and is a senior editor at The Brooklyn Rail.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    Litmus Test

    I was told that this book was the litmus test for anyone who talked about Orwell's Animal Farm, that if you hadn't read it, you really couldn't talk about Animal Farm in terms of contemporary literature. I, of course, recoiled. I hate that kind of snobbery. But now I read it, and I could hear myself saying it too. The book is amazing: the way Reed amps up the Orwell language, and updates the characters, and challenges Orwell on his very vision of what it means to be alive, especially today. Very few authors put themselves so at stake I admire Reed for weathering the attacks against him, and at times, he makes me so angry I want to rally against him myself. Really, an amazing title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    I had to pay 40 bucks for this book

    Of course, I was extremely bitter. But I liked the book anyway, despite the horrible 9/11 ending. A fair rebuttal of Animal Farm, but I'm not sure quite as scathing as everyone makes it out to be. Funny. I thought it was funny.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong satire of a strong satire turning Orwell on his head

    After being exiled from Animal Farm, a contrite Snowball returns insisting that he learned his lesson of excess and abuse of power and will harm no one. He slowly begins his means of taking over through ¿democratic¿ processes by promising if elected in charge he will reform the farm so that the animals will have plenty of pie and the stables will be heated and well lighted. No one will want under his enlightened leadership. Snowball¿s reform succeeds so that newcomers from the surrounding areas begin to flock to Animal Farm for a taste of the good life. These refugees are given the jobs none of the old-timers want to do and live in the oldest dilapidated barns. The original loyal followers of Snowball move into choice property outside the crime ridden center. Snowball continues to expand Animal Farm bringing prosperity to his inner circle.--- Winning a court case, Snowball gains control of the water rights. This leaves the Beavers with nothing but anger and frustration that leads to counterinsurgency with an opportunity to a better afterlife if they die for the cause of freeing the beaver woods.--- John Reed provides an intriguing ironic follow-up to George Orwell¿s superb satirical personification of communism by applying the same cast to the personification of capitalism. Some diehard Orwellian fans will loathe what might seem as an assault on the author, but this reviewer believes that Mr. Orwell on THE WHOLE would have done something similar if he lived today. Mindful of a Jay Ward Fractured Fairy Tale involving Sleeping Beauty, SNOWBALL¿S CHANCE is a strong satire of a strong satire turning Orwell on his head.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    You see, this kid Tally reviewed a book.

    I've been teaching for twenty years, and in that time, I've never seen my students so engaged in literature. My freshman composition class just went wild in duiscussing this book. Bravo Mister Reed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2003

    Not even comparable to orwell's animal farm

    I have read every book by george orwell, and john reed will never measure up to orwell. Yeah okay the book might be funnier, but you don't read a book like this for it to be funny. I find it sort of offensive of George orwell, but i also suspect that he would rather enjoy this book and not have any objections to its publishing. It was profficiently written, but not nearly as good as even the most simple things that orwell wrote.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002

    Snowball Vs Orwell

    I read Snowball's Chance and Animal Farm this week to get a sense of the cotroversy that's brewing over these two books. Reed's work is hysterical, and targets Orwell fairly, although, despite protectors like Christopher Hitchens, I'm not sure that Orwell would have any objection to the work. There is quite a bit of buzz going on about this title. We'll see what happens once it hits stores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    Get George, By George!

    There has been a lot of questioning George Orwell's legacy, lately. And for me, Snowball's Chance helped me to understand why I had always had reservations about Animal Farm--ever since high school. From what I understand, Snowball's Chance official release has been delayed two months because the Orwell estate is suing, which is ridiculous because the book is obviously a parody. But, anyway, the book is coming out in November. It's really funny! Much funnier than Animal Farm. But also, the book is very frightening, especially the end. I'm from New York State, so the way the book brings us right up to the attack on the "Twin Mills" really made me think, and remember. There are so many things to say about this book, I hope that everyone gets a chance to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Snowball's Chance

    SNOWBALL'S CHANCE is in the tradition of the strongest critiques, Derrida's deconstructions¿where, with a sense of humility Derrida dissects and undermines, by admitting that the text he deconstructs is inescapable, yet it lacks distinction from the critique of it, his work like Reed's stands on its own. That is what I found so special in SNOWBALL'S CHANCE! In Reed's embrace of the narrative that secures Orwell's animal farm he refutes the world it constitutes. Obviously, like Derrida, Reed's work is more than, different than an update or a revision. So I guess what I am saying is that "Harsh-honest-humility" goes a long way, in straddling the Derridarian knife edge, less-be-draggin-to the-bloody-mat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Snowball's Chance

    I don't know too much about the debate between John Reed and the Orwell Estate, but it was rather interesting to hear Reed attacked on the BBC radio. It looks like the Brits don't appreciate any questions about their Saint George. What nobody's talking about, however, is what a perfectly written book SNOWBALL'S CHANCE is.

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