Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message.
Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.
I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I read 1984 and loathed most every minute of that torturous book, but I was really into this one. It did take a minute or two to get used to the fact that the animals were the focus of the book, and not just that, but get used to the fact the the animals were anarchists of sorts.
This book was extremely entertaining, and while I wasn’t surprised at the turn Animal Farm took, it didn’t stop me from wanting the Farm to stay as idealistic as the animals first agreed upon. For a while the Utopian society they dreamed up was something I was hoping would work well for the animals and allow them to live their lives without the reign of a farmer such as Jones. But with power, comes those who will use it against those whom they have sworn to treat as equals.
The ending in particular was great. Those last few sentences were a perfect description of how I’d come to see those specific characters. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
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