Saturday, April 25

Book Reviews: Animal Farm

Title: Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Pages: 95

Summary: George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture. It is an account of the bold struggle that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that bears an insidious familiarity. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. (Taken from LibraryThing)

My Rating: 7.5

What I liked/disliked about the book: I finished this a few days ago, but exams got in the way of posting the review, so atlas, here it is.
This book was a good book, an easy read and funny at times. Orwell did a fantastic job at creating a satire around the Russian Revolution, as well as showing what happens when society to puts to much faith in its leaders. You can draw a lot from this book, even if it isn’t related to the Russian Revolution, especially about power, leadership and how people though the “media” (words written on the wall) thought their political leaders and their representatives, and through intimidation, can be convinced to believe in pretty much anything you want them, even with little effort. He managed to do all of this under the cover of animals, as his characters. Using stereotypes of animals (smart pigs, stupid sheep), and in the end, made a very interesting parallel towards humans and our own behaviours, and humans behaviours when they are given too much power. I think it’s a great way to address what happened in the Russian Revolution, it has made me want to do my own research, as well as I think it can be a great way to teach other political issues and communities that are similar to this situation, especially with children.
A great satire, but also some serious issues addressed, hidden under the lines in the pages.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend this book to read. It’s well written, lighter tone than 1984 because it has more humour in it. A lot of people get freaked out because the animals take over, but just think of it as a absurd example, the animals are symbolism for humans, and how the act in the same fashion. Read it, a great example of dystopian literature. It’s a book worth reading, especially young adults, because it has the dystopian theme, but it isn’t as intense as others in the genre. Adults will like the book too, but some may find the use of animals as the main characters a little off putting, either way, at least give it a try.

What to read next: Lord of the Flies, 1984, Island of Dr. Moreau.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2009 Support Your Library Challenge, A - Z Challenge

1 comment:

  1. I read this when I was about 17. I don't have very much memory about it, but I do remember liking it and thinking that it had a really intense message. I think at the time it was required reading, so I am sure that we probably discussed it at length, but I remember very little. I think it might be interesting to re-read it and see if anything seems familiar to me. I might also try to get my son to read it, because he is at just the right age to fully appreciate this story.