Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Genre: Classics
Published: 1996 by Signet
Length: 141 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

“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 readers witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, they begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization, and in the most charismatic leaders, the souls of the cruelest oppressors.” – Goodreads

Wow, this book is amazing! Another favorite book of mine from the classics genre. If you ignored to read the summary (like me hehe) then you will think that it’s about animals who are being punished, used as slaves, and pushed-around by humans. Well, there is much more to that. It is actually a fable. It not only reflects to the previous wars in our history, but what the world is right now. This book is so powerful and sends out a message to the human race.

What exactly is the message? To start off, the story takes place in a farm, the Manor Farm to be exact. It is owned by Mr. Jones and he runs the farm with the help of his animals (which he treats cruelly).  There was actually a point that he forgets to feed the animals for a day (I think he was just too lazy). Anyways, one of the animals, Old Major (a pig) had a dream and convinced his fellow comrades to overthrow Mr. Jones and rebel. The animals decided that all humans were their enemy and all animals were to be treated with respect and equality. The rebel was a success, but as time passes by, a lot of things changes, especially with the pigs. The rest of the animals were afraid to speak out what they desired and they let themselves be pushed to work in the labor.

To me, that is one of the message that Orwell is trying to give his audience; to make your voice heard and to not be afraid to speak up for others when they are right. Other lessons that I learned from this book are: to choose wisely, not believe in rumors, to strive your best, be confident with your goals and so much more. I will not say my reasons because I would just spoil the book for you. If you read it, you’ll understand what I mean, I promise.

Besides the message, you could totally see that as you read further in the book, there are a lot of character changes and development. Plus, Animal Farm is full of surprises. I was unaware of the events that would happen next and that’s one of the few things I look for in a book. I love making predictions, but most of the time (for this book) I was wrong and it left me surprised and amazed!

This book is really strong and I definitely recommend it to anyone. Even if it is less than 200 pgs. it’s filled with events that will tempt you to keep turning the page. Animal Farm is an easy read and took me only 4 days to read it (I could’ve read it in a more faster pace but I was watching the Olympics haha!) Clap clap clap for George Orwell!


13 Responses to “Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell”

  1. 1 readingtothestarsandback August 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Thanks for commenting and following. So glad to find another book blogger! Followed back 🙂

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  2. 3 Briana August 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    This is a very strong classic with a deceptively simple cover! It was great even the first time I read it, when I was not attuned to as many of the historical aspects as I could have been. And I just love Boxer.

  3. 5 English Rose-C August 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Orwell wrote the book about the Bolshelviks and the Russian Revolution – I think Old Major is Lenin and the one who takes over from him (it’s about 30 years since I read it) is Stalin. Which means Snowball ends up in a Gulag.
    It helped that I covered the Russian Revolution as a special topics for my O levels (16 yo exams).
    Glad you enjoyed the book – I did too. Try reading a history of the RR then read Animal Farm again…

  4. 8 English Rose-C August 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Hi Leigh, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award :-D. More details on my post

  5. 9 Dani August 4, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    This book was one of our book reports in school, and it was really nice! Way better than what I expected! I love your review as well, and great blog! 🙂

  6. 11 email August 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    could you increase the amount of your posts, i would like to read them more often. thanks. email email email email email

  7. 12 Angeline August 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I loved reading this book in my classes (second to All Quiet on the Western Front)! Sadly, I think our poor Snowball got turned into bacon, but I think he’s happy in piggy heaven. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. 13 Laura @ Laura's Adventures in Bookland January 9, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Oh Wow! Your review makes me really want to get this book now!

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