Week 7: Animal Farm Review

Hey readers! I hope you’re still sane because I’m clearly not! I find myself bemused all the time these days and I think I’m having a sleep disorder where regardless of the time I slept at or whether I am well rested or not, I wake up, involuntarily, around 9 am everyday. Moreover, the books I bought online are yet to be delivered and I can’t seem to find anything new on Netflix. Eh. Anyways, throughout my reading experience I’ve never read an author with a better writing style than Eric Arthur Blair. Better known by his pen name George Orwell, Eric has left an indelible mark on English literature with his exquisite prose and fluency. Reading his works is like being part of a cacophony of melodies. His writing is so mesmerizing that he is still widely even after more than half a century since his last publication! Moreover, in my opinion, George Orwell has given rise to a whole new GENRE!

It is evident that since George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 came out, dystopian novels are more prominent than ever. And that’s why, to marvel at its magnificence once again, I’m going to be reviewing George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Animal Farm is George Orwell’s satirical work that initiated his success in literature. It is a political allegory in which every character represents a figure from the Russian Revolution. This fable is about a farm that was overthrown by the animals and all that followed. The reason to this novella’s success is that at that time when Russia was ruled by Stalin, this story clearly displayed the harsh truths of Stalin’s tyrannical rule in a subtle-but-evident manner. As a book critic, I find myself obsessing over the plot and mainly the writing style.

The animals of Manor Farm seek vengeance and justice after dying Old Major voices what all the animals have thought at least once and guides them towards absolute revolution. Mr. Jones, Manor Farm’s incompetent owner, is thrown out of the farm and the animals take over subsequently with a resolution to never betray or deceive another animal and to despise anyone with two legs. What is Animal Farm’s destiny? Will they be able to live in peace and harmony or will supremacy ensue?

If you’re not familiar with the Russian Revolution figures and you don’t know which character represents whom:

Mr. Jones – Czar Nicholas II

Napoleon – Joseph Stalin

Pigs – members of Bolshevik

Snowball – Leon Trotsky

Squealer – Vyacheslav Molotov

Other Animals – Working Classes of Russia

I recommend everyone to read this book and stay tuned for my comparison post between Animal Farm and 1984.

My rating: 9.8/10

Stay Safe. Happy Reading, Sidh

2 thoughts on “Week 7: Animal Farm Review”

  1. I love the fact that you also mentioned the Russian Revolution figures, without giving much away.

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