Rating: 7.6 out of 10.0
Author: George Orwell
About: When Animal Farm was first published in 1946, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.
Likes: This book was one of the strangest that I have ever read. It had good character and plot development, though. Orwell did a fantastic job combining political ideas with common creatures (or not so common). If you enjoy veiled political statements, then this book is highly recommended. The best part of this entire book is the characters of it, which each seem to represent different types of people. Also, as previously mentioned, the plot is fantastic; I wouldn’t change a bit of it.
Dislikes: Now, on the flip side, if you don’t love politics or veiled political statements, this book could appear to be both stupid and boring. The book itself is a playful, light book for those who don’t read between the lines. However, if you do read between the lines, you will see much darker themes. Honestly, there is not much to say about Animal Farm, because the entire book was just one political statement.
Summary: A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned—a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to totalitarianism just as terrible.
Book Length: 141 pages (Signet Classics Edition)
Favorite Character: Clover
Suggested age: 11+
Book Reviews to come: The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) and The Road to Oz (L. Frank Baum)