Book Review: Animal Farm – George Orwell

Animal Farm

Animal Farm – George Orwell

I’ve never read this before, somehow got through high school without Orwell, and in fact I had no idea what this book was about. But I’m sure I’m not the only one who found it disturbing.

It’s a short novel that tells the story of the animals of Manor Farm who rebel against their human master Mr Jones. They rename the farm Animal Farm and so begins their freedom. However, what results is a new system of control, a new elite and ongoing (and probably worse) hardship for the majority of the animals.

While it is a story about animals, it really is a story of revolution, of totalitarian regimes, and absolute control. I was struck by how the animals forgot their history. How the rules kept on being re-written by the ruling pigs – many of the animals couldn’t read so there was confusion about this.

Wow…what a creepy look at power systems and politics. It makes you think.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Animal Farm – George Orwell

  1. yeah, it is a focus on the systems of power with direct reference to communism and Stalinist rule, after fighting in Spain he was unsure of his socialist links (I think). I really loved this book when I read it (in high school Erin!!!) I think you were in a different class then. I remember seeing a cartoon rendition of it too. That was scary. This was a better Orwell book than Homage to Catalunia which I read recently, but pales into the dust if you read 1984, that is easily my favourite book, and oddly scary when you think of todays society. :)

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