Animal Farm by George Orwell || Book Review

I’m not a huge fan of satire books, and that’s probably because I’ve had a few bad experiences with some books and just never tried to get into them.

Animal Farm is an exception. I made that exception.

It is a beast fable, in form of satirical allegorical novella and it’s really not that hard to understand what the message is in the book.

[Novella: a short novel]

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 1945

Pages: 103
Format: Paperback

Plot: from GoodReads:

When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full. The animals’ Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, or kill a fellow four-footed creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. “We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of the farm depend on us. Day and night, we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.” While this swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, cynically editing the Seven Commandments to excuse their violence and greed, the common animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than in the days when humans ran the farm.

Thoughts:

When you start reading the book, you get the impression that it’s about the unfair treatment of animals on the farm and how they decide to overpower the humans and improve their conditions. As the book continues, it’s easy to see the Communist Agenda play out through the animals’ behaviours and interactions.

The different classes of animals are mentioned as well as how the higher classes prey on the working’s classes work to reap the pleasures of it.

The book is all political and has symbolism to exploit rights, taxes, laws and governments. How overpowering a government regime to build a new one doesn’t always mean it’s going to be better, but actually more brutal and destructive. Only to sit with the same results you started off with.

Overview:

The book is packed with a punch and there’s no need to read between the lines, the message is quite clear.

Orwell was a well known critic of the communist regime and he created a masterful way of relaying his views and opinions.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.97 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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2 thoughts on “Animal Farm by George Orwell || Book Review

  1. I hated reading this in school – I always wonder if maybe I should retry books like that as an adult. But there are so many great-looking books to read and I never do. I’m glad you enjoyed it though.

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