Animal Farm by George Orwell

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RATING: 4.5/5

BLURB: “Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm and vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard –  the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs.”

REVIEW: I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, especially as it was handed down to me by my Dad  -who doesn’t read often, so I knew it had to be brilliant. I was right, and so was he. Orwell’s novel is a brilliant parallel of the takeover of Russia by Communism; if it wasn’t so sinister, the novel could almost be referred to as satirical. Stemming from the Bolshevik Revolution (the animals taking over the farm from Mr Jones) and illustrating frighteningly the stark horrors of living under an unequal Communist dictatorship (like the one led by Stalin), ‘Animal Farm’ is both hugely entertaining and hugely horrifying, with moments that reduced me to tears (BOXER!!!!). I don’t want to ruin this superb classic by saying too much, but I will say that the last line of this novel has to be one of my favourite of all time, second only to the last line of ‘The Great Gatsby’  – “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

 

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