Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
My Rating: *****
Goodreads: 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.
Everybody knows that George Orwell’s books are huge classics and I have always wanted to read them. I decided it would be best to start with Animal Farm, because although it is a well known book it isn’t 1984 which is what so many people go for straight away.
The book is based on Stalin and the Soviet Union and because I did history Alevel and studied things to do with Russia and WWII I can clearly see and understand the aspects of the book that relate to Stalin and Russia.
Personally, although the book is quite short I felt that things were moving along very quickly and not everything was discussed in detail. But this book is simple and therefore does not necessarily need to explain what is going on.
It follows the story of a farm when the pigs decide to take over and overthrow the humans. Although written in third person we see it mainly from the other farm animal’s perspectives.
I do not want to go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil the book but I did think I knew exactly where it was going and how it was going to end. I was right, but only to a point.
If any of you have had the opportunity to read or even study this book at school, college or university then you will know how the ending to this book is almost like a revelation. When pigs and men sit down together to discuss.
I know many people are scared to pick up classics as they may feel they won’t be able to relate to them or they might not be able to understand the vocabulary but this book is a modern classic. This means its not Shakespeare. In fact this was written during WWII so it really wasn’t that long ago.
I found this book simple to understand and the vocabulary wasn’t as challenging as I expected it to be being a classic.
After reading it I can see why it is classed as a modern classic and would urge anyone and everyone to give it a go.