Monday, January 12, 2009

Animal Farm--George Orwell

Animal Farm (Signet Classics)
Year Published: 1945
Pages: 141
Genre: Fiction/Satire
Rating: 4/5

"Mr. Jones of the Manor Farm had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes."

And as a result, the animals gather and begin planning a revolution. Orwell's brilliant allegory is a smooth, enjoyable read--far more interesting than actually reading about Stalinism, as far as I'm concerned! Orwell clearly depicts his political views with humor, and those more informed than I on the actual historical events will enjoy guessing which animal represents which historical figure--Stalin is about as far as I can go. This book is not as chilling as 1984--the story is quick-paced, and surprisingly light-hearted considering the depressing situation the animals find themselves in. But then again, if I lived in a different context, perhaps I'd find it more chilling.

Challenge/s: TBR, Decades, 1% Well Read, A-Z
Book a Week # 3

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