Genre: Classic literature
Setting: A farm in England, probably in the early 40s
My copy came from: I purchased a used copy at a library book sale. The cover pictured above is the cover my copy has.
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Review: Chilling and disturbing. This is a classic that everyone should read!
Animal Farm is one of those books that it seems everyone reads when in school. For some reason, I never had to read it, so here I am, reading it for the first time. And I really enjoyed it! It’s a short book; I was able to read it in one sitting, and while I didn’t necessarily understand all of the symbolism, its overall message is relevant and necessary.
Animal Farm starts out as one old boar, Old Major, gives a rousing speech to the animals at the farm about how man is bad, and how the animals do all the work, while man does nothing and takes all the profit. Old Major then dies, and two boars, Snowball and Napoleon, take over the farm, and bad things start happening. I really don’t want to spoil the story if you aren’t familiar with it, so I won’t say too much more about the plot!
All animals are equal
but some animals are more equal than others
Along with the pigs, we meet Benjamin, the old, cynical donkey on the farm, various other farm animals, and the dear old cart-horses, Boxer and Clover.
Animal Farm gave me a sick feeling in my stomach as I read it, as I could see where the story was going. The plot events, while not necessarily shocking, were disturbing and chilling. When the famous quote of the book appears, the reader is not surprised at all by the turn of events, but saddened and angered.
Man serves the interests of no creature except himself. And among us animals let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle. All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.
Animal Farm gave me a lot to think about, as I really connected with the workhorse Boxer and his motto of “I will work harder” when work just piles up. This is a very short book, my copy was just 128 pages long, and is something that can be read in one sitting. It’s definitely worth reading and gives plenty of food for thought.
Bottom Line: A must read that is applicable to our world today. Chilling.
Have you read Animal Farm? What did you think?