Animal Farm

George Orwell
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.


Reviewed: 2019-05-17
I cannot rate this book, right now, because I recall reading it many years ago and not being especially impressed by the book, partly because it hit too close to home and to my current situation. Perhaps, as with other books, now that I am no longer worrying about dividing long enough to get out of high school and whether or not I will be able to find enough scholarships to get to college, I can read this book in the spirit in which it was intended.
Reviewed: 2018-12-26
I don't even know what to say, really.* The fact that the book is an allegory makes it both fascinating and difficult to digest. When viewing the animals that are not pigs as average people, their willingness to maintain the status quo, allow the past to be rewritten in front of them, and to generally just suffer because they are told it is for their own good is simultaneously utterly believable and unbelievably sad. The same is doubly true of the exploitive, covetous corruption of the pigs. There is a lot of cleverness in the story. There were also many points--starting very early on--where I shook my head, thinking, "How can they be so naive, so trusting?"
The last few pages, including the final dialog and observation, struck me as relatively abrupt. This did force me to reconsider the entire book in a different light based on the conclusion, though, which further content may have allowed me to overlook.
Overall, this is a good read that makes you think.

*Obviously, I have overcome this.
Reviewed: 2017-02-08
Reviewed: 2016-12-17
great book. the animal behavior of man is clear.
Reviewed: 2016-06-24
Is it wrong for me to have found this kind of funny?

I know it's not funny, not when things like this happen, and they do. If people (or animals) can think of a way to control others, they generally will give it a try.

Funny thing: In the beginning of the story, Major lays out the commandments - Walking on two legs is bad, four legs is good. No smoking, drinking, dressing like a human. No murder of animals, Etc. These are painted on the barn wall. In writing. These very human-like animals were rejecting humanity by using concepts and ideas created by humanity, and then they eventually take over for humanity... at least in their own little microcosm of a farm.

I thought that the sheer ballsiness of the pigs was pretty crazy, but hey, if the other animals couldn't see the pattern, why shouldn't they be ballsy? Not that I think that means that they should have been subjugated, but if you see someone treated unfairly, it's your job to speak up about it.

Anyway... Good story. Interesting moral lesson.
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