Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: Animal Farm

Title Animal Farm
By George Orwell
Genre Fiction
Pages 102

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

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." (From Goodreads)

What is has going for it
I'll be brief with this review. I read this one for book club. In fact, I and another girl were the ones who suggested we read it for book club. If you haven't read this one, let me tell you why. It makes for a great discussion book. While, it was written as a reflection of Russia's history, it can be applied to almost any countries history and, really, any leadership gone wrong story. My overall thoughts are and always will be, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely".

What's lacking
For such a short little story, it's rather hard to pull yourself through this one. I also just preferred 1984. 

Yea or Nay?
Yes, this is an important book to read. 


  1. I love this book but maybe because I pushed all of the political stuff to one side and just took it at face value. That's terrible isn't it? Literature just goes over my head!!

  2. I "missed out" on reading this in high school as I was not in Honors English, but I've always wanted to read it.

  3. I'm going to read it now that I'm out of my slump, probably after Utah Book Month so I can say I read it. :)

  4. It's been years since I last read this, and although I've read it several times, it deserves another reread and soon.

  5. I've never even attempted to read ANIMAL FARM. I probably should, I just don't want to. I don't like books that I have to pull myself through!