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Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Title: Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Secker and Warburg

Publication Date: August 17, 1945

Genre: Dystopia, Classics ,  Literature

Format: Paperback

My Rating : 4/5

Links: Goodreads  .  Amazon 


“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

Revolution is in the air at Manor Farm after old Major, a prize boar, tells the other animals about his dream of freedom and teaches them to sing “Beasts of England.” Mr Jones, the drunken farmer, is deposed and a committee of pigs takes over the running of the farm. The animals are taught to read and write, but the dream turns sour, the purges begin and those in charge come more and more to resemble their oppressors.

Orwell’s allegory of the Soviet revolution remains as lucid and compelling as ever. In beautifully clear prose, he gives us a vivid gallery of characters and a fable that conveys the truth about how we are manipulated through language and the impossibility of finding heaven on earth.

My Review:

Animal Farm was one of my favorite reads in 2015. Not only was it enjoyable , but also very satirical . It is funny how history keeps on repeating itself, and we keep on finding ourselves pawns to vial actions covered in the eluding disguise of saints.

One thing that really caught my attention was how those who were bad at memorizing were considered stupid. Since this was written in  third person, I wasn’t sure if Orwell was capturing the common stigma during that time, or simply stating his own opinion.

My favorite quotes include:

1) “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

2) “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.”

This was an enjoyable, thought provoking read ! I give it 4/5 stars.


About the Author:

Eric 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.


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