Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell | A must read classic

Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Animal Farm by George Orwell
Publication Date: March 15th 2011 (first published 1945)
ISBN13: 9780143416319
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Pages: 95
Genres: Classic, Fiction
Part of Series? No
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Blurb: As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

Book tag: Classic
Classic
Book tag: Politics
Politics
Book tag: Fiction
Fiction
Book tag: Literature
Literature
Book tag: Fantasy
Fantasy

 

My Review

Idea

Before starting this book, I knew that it is about Russian revolution, about which I know nothing. But, I didn’t even tried to know about it and was just relied on the book itself. I believed that being a classic and of a different era, it will be difficult to read and understand, but to my contrary believe, it was funny, entertaining and a perfect satire.

 

Storyline and Writing

I really enjoyed the overall journey of Manor Farm becoming the Animal Farm and then converting back to the Manor Farm. The story is about a farm where all the animals took over the farm by pushing out the farm’s owner. Now pigs were the head as they were acknowledged as most intelligent animals there. They completely turn over the whole farm into their own home, and just relaxed while other animals worked hard to survive. As the others were too foolish to realize the plans of the pigs, at last, they were just workers and the pigs were their masters. The pigs collaborated with humans once again at the end, while it was the reason in the first place that the rebellion started.

It was a fast paced story. During each part of the chapter, you can easily relate to the fact that it is totally a satire on humans (I would keep the Russian revolution out of this and would try to compare it in current situation of the world).

The writing was simple and up to the mark. It made me think at each point that how humans take advantage of each other for their own benefits. How the weak and poor ones are sacrificed for the sake of rich and stronger ones.

 

Perception and Impact

We humans want to reach on top whatever it takes. The person on top continues to take advantage of his position and the people lower to him keeps on working (like the other animals on the farm). The lower ones think that they are not so capable of creating new strategies and plans, so top ones are always right. If someone is doing any good but is competition to others, then they try to force him out of the system (like what happened to Snowball). Strategies are laid out, weak ones are sacrificed, just for the sake of their own good.

This story can have a different impact and different meaning for each one of you. But for me, it was a perfect political satire. Truly a master piece by George Orwell.

 

 

Favorite Quote(s)

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.

 

 

Overall Rating

4 Stars - Animal Farm by George Orwell

 

 

Would Recommend To

  • All the classic lovers
  • Fans of Political genre
  • Readers who like to read realistic fantasy (I just made that up)
  • Readers who like to read realistic fiction but in satirical form.

 

 

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About the author

George OrwellEric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922-1927 and fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1937.

Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949) and the satirical novella Animal Farm (1945) — they have together sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author. His 1938 book Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, together with numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture, are widely acclaimed.

 

 

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  3. Maggie

    Hi! I loved Animal Farm and I’m really glad you did too! I read it way back in English during my freshman year of high school and I’d really like to read it again! I love your blog design and the way you set up your reviews – very pretty! 😀

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