“Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.” – George Orwell
This is my second time writing this book but the first time, at least that I am aware of, writing a review of it. As far as I know, this book is one of the most classic books out there. I read it for school previously, as most people do, and didn’t really care about it since it was for school.
About Animal Farm
If you are unaware of what the book is about here’s a brief overview. A farm is taken over by its overworked animals. The animals set out to create a paradise for the animals and throw out the humans. All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.
It was first published in England of August 1945. It’s a short book of less than 150 pages, so it doesn’t take more than a week to read. The original name was Animal Farm: A Fairy Story but when it was published in 1946 in the U. S. they dropped the subtitle.
The book was fully written in 1944 but it was rejected by a number of different publishers which is why publication was delayed. But once it did appear on shelves it was a great success. The main reason it reached its success is because of international relations were transformed as the wartime alliance gave way to the Cold War.
The writing is very similar to that of 1984 and is considered Swiftian Satire. It consists of a bleak view for the future of humanity. Animal Farm’s narrator speaks in such a straightforward manner that it can be understood by a child. Although, I’m sure the discussions happening in the book would either be too daunting for a child or go straight over their head. The principle is the same.
Overall, the book is a good book. It’s a classic for a reason and I doubt that even if I hated the book and destroyed it in this review that much would change. It gets you thinking about your reality, which can be a slippery but sometimes necessary slope to fall down.