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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Animal Farm by George Orwell


Quite unexpectedly, I ended up think Animal Farm was a work of absolute brilliance. Actually, I probably shouldn't be that surprised because 1) it's George Orwell and 2) I do have a soft spot for social commentary. In short, if you haven't read this, go read it!

7613Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Series: N/A
Source: School
Publisher: Plum
Published: 1946
No. of Pages: 102

Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." -(Goodreads)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.
Animal Farm is the book to read if you need an introduction to George Orwell. I previously read his work 1984 before reading this one, but I have to say Animal Farm in particular is brilliantly written and crafted. If you're into books that use a story to explain a greater problem, then you must explore Orwell's books. 1984 leans more towards the claustrophobic, constant infiltration that is an issue in the age of technology, but Animal Farm covers- and is a brilliant way of learning more about -different political systems and situations.
"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."- Animal Farm by George Orwell
I might be reading this book because of GCSE English, but it didn't stop me from putting this book down to think that George Orwell is an absolute genius. He seamlessly portrays the real, cold hard facts of communism. Gone are the theories and concepts that many build their ideas apart; Orwell uses a fictional setting to show the reality of what happens once this political idealism is in place. Setting it on a farm makes the novel and message perfectly comprehensible, but also simply meticulous and just plain brilliant.

Clearly seen is the transition from a freedom based paradise, to the same oppressive atmosphere the farm had once dreamed of escaping. And they had, with new promises and new voices to lead them on the way. Then it got darker, and colder. The work became gruelling, the animals sick, and yet they trudge on, blindfolded by the hope that had freed them. Now it chains them to the same leaders but with different bodies, different faces, but even that seems to change.
“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.” - Animal Farm by George Orwell
If anyone ever needs a full explanation of why communism doesn't work, Animal Farm is the book to read. It is very clear that whilst trying to keep everyone equal, those who exploit others slip through the system and take charge of the farm, convincing everyone it is for their best interests. And when power begins to be abused, Animal Farm is on the road back to the days they had wanted to escape, leaving everyone hopeless. This is a novel filled with the bleak truth of lives built on promises that never come true- it certainly isn't something to read for 'fun', but its an insight into a world you may not be familiar with.

rita xo

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