Animal Farm by George Orwell Review

animal farmSo, I decided to pick up another book in the airport, but this time it was one of the books on my “Books I Need to Read Before I Die” list.

Animal Farm’ was a book recommended to me by my beloved father (who actually gave me a lot of books on that list, being the big book-lover he is…wonder where I got my interest in books from huh?).

This book…is something that I can’t even fully put into words to say how I felt about it. It is basically like watching the demise and faults of humanity from a distance and you’re not able to do anything about it.

You are at first introduced to a farm that is run by a farmer who, from the perspective of the narrator and the animals, treats his animals horribly. So, they then choose to start a revolution against this and take over the control of the running of the farm. As this develops, obviously due to some animal’s higher capability to do some tasks, the balance slowly tips more towards one side than the other. When leadership changes, the question is whether these animals will resort to the same means that we ourselves had adopted or are they able to survive in a fair and equal world?

Here is a blurb:

Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.

I definitely suggest to give this book a try and pick it up:) It definitely makes you think.

Review:

Now, this is a beautiful piece of literature. I can see why it has been praised so highly. As I was reading I could almost feel myself slip into this position where I was horrified and yet understanding while the hierarchy of animals was built and created. From what I understood, this book is attempting to capture actual people on the stage of communism. The old boar Major is Marx, Farmer Jones is the Tsar, the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, Stalin and Trotsky respectively. Yet as I read it, I found myself forgetting about those facts and getting immersed in this story line that George Orwell has respectably created.

Napoleon, was a character I strongly disliked, which I assume, is the point. It is horrible watching this world that at first was so positive and seemed like it could potentially work and develop into something great, demolish and fall into death, war and greed. It makes me think about the position of humans and how we deal with situations similar to this, and act in similar ways.

We are, essentially, pigs.

There isn’t much else to say on this book as it is pretty straightforward as soon as you’ve read it. George Orwell manages to capture the injustice and suffering of the world on a small plot run by animals.

As I am, a lot older, I can’t say how I would have felt reading it as a child but, I can say, being able to understand the symbolism and representations of each animal, it was fascinating to theorise that if the Animal Kingdom was given the same power we were, would they end up in the same position as we are?

Originality: 10 points
Language/Style: 8 points
Characters: 9 points
Plot: 7 points

Giving this book a total of 34 points out of 40.

Favorite Part: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

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