06 January, 2018

REVIEW: ANIMAL FARM by Goerge Orwell

Title: Animal Farm
Author:George Orwell
Series: -
Genres: Fiction, Classics, Fantasy
Publisher: NAL
Release: May 6th, 2003
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 122

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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 we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

EXPECTATIONS: I went into this book expecting something fun honestly and I really did enjoy this fun read! I call it fun because it did bring a smile into my face since it was so brutally sarcastic!
THE WORLD: So we have two worlds, our human world and the animal world where the animals can talk, walk, work and basically do everything humans can. They end up overthrowing their farmer and takes over the farm establishing their own society! You guys, this was amazing to read!  Of course it's ridiculous but at the same time the world building and the entire society of the animals was just outstanding! 

CHARACTERS: Humans: Mr Jones, the farmer in whose farm the animal rebellion starts. To be honest the humans were boring to me. They took this part as the usurpers, the occupants who want to take over the animal world and make them be animals again.

Animals: Old Major - a very old and respected boar who starts the talks of freedom and encourages the rebellion.  Napoleon and Snowball are the two leaders who overthrow the farm banishes Mr. Jones and become the leaders for a bit until Napoleon trows Snowball out and declares himself the leader establishing social status on all the animals, creating social classes and these rules everyone needs to follow. He is the dictator basically with a vision to make farm the best farm in the world. We also have other animals in the book such as a horse Boxer, who to me represented the naive believer, the worker and laborer who believes in their leader until their last breath.


GOOD: I liked the metaphors. I mean the idea is amazing! That the animals (the pig in particular) due to the society start to transform into humans, so after a while they no longer can tell if they are pigs or human! I loved how our history, the wicked minds of dictators and the societies they created, took over and wanted to change can so easily be placed into an animal surrounding and still be the same.

BAD: Honestly, I don't know, it was kind of hard to follow sometimes, I needed to switch from audiobook to my kindle since I didn't know few words but other than that nothing.

OVERALL: I think this is a great example of a book that you can read to your kids. It's fun, it's fast it's short and you can start educating the youngsters about the world.

What do you think about ANIMAL FARM?



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