10 November 2014

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Pages: 115
Genre: Political, History, Classic
Book Description: 
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." This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/ communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.

My Opinion:

I really really enjoyed this book. I've been wanting to read it for such a long time now and I'm so pleased I've finally got round to it. It was actually quite a short novel so I read it in less than a week!
I think this book was really well written. I loved the story line and seeing how everything began to change and crumble. The characters were really creative and funny and I enjoyed finding out what happened to them as the story continued.

The only problem I had with this book was the amount of characters addressed on the second page. Only a few of them were really important and I found it difficult to keep up with which animal had which name etc. However this could just be me...

I knew the background of this novel before reading it; about how it was like a metaphor for the politics in Russia. I don't find politics very interested and I don't know much about it so I tried to keep this in mind as I was reading but didn't get that aspect until the end.

Linking to this, I really enjoyed the ending. It was so well written and the last quote was really powerful! A wonderful end to a wonderful book.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone. Preferably older people just because you might not understand some of the language and terms but generally it's great for all ages. I felt like I learned a lot by reading this book and everyone should read this classic at least once :)
I'm certainly going to be picking up 1984 and reading that soon!

Favourite Quotes:

All men are enemies. All animals are comrades


Four legs good, two legs bad


The only good human being is a dead one


All men are enemies. All animals are comrades


All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others


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

4 out of 5 stars

Next book I'm going to review:
Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green


  1. I thought this was a pretty good book when I read it for English class. We studied it and I think it was best that I read it that way, so I could understand everything that was being referred to in hidden meanings by the author. I am glad you managed to enjoy it, and yes it is quite a quick read!

    Check out my review: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/11/day-zero-review.html

    1. Some people in my school studied this as a set text for their exams but my class didn't do it :( I would have loved to but never mind. I did some background research so I realise the hidden meanings now. I think they were such a unique and creative touch!


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