Animal Farm ~ Book Review

Synopsis

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.

When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

~ goodreads

Review

Last month, we learned about Socialism in Europe and Russia in our history classes. Our history teacher suggested some novels that we can read and get to know more about Socialism. Animal Farm was one of them. I can say, I didn’t regret smashing the ‘buy now’ button on the same day!

George Orwell was a visionary, his vivid imagination could grasp ideas that we people in the 21st century are still pondering upon. Animal Farm was originally written, criticizing Stalin’s totalitarian regime, and how oppressive the Russian Communist Party was. Much to my surprise, I find resemblance in his words in today’s political systems too.

The book gives us a striking comparison between the oppressors and the oppressed. How one can play with fragile human sentiments, tweak with history itself and present a distorted image of the past to the masses. It is evident from all oppressive regimes that the ones in power always want the masses to remain uneducated, politically fragile. 

In the story, the pigs assume total control of the animal farm and continue to delude other animals by making them believe that better days are on the way. (Have I heard this phrase somewhere else?)

I experienced deep anger, yet I wanted to laugh aloud when I read the book. Hypocrisy! What’s right for one, isn’t allowed for others! In the book, pigs drank, smoked, slept on beds, whilst all other animals had to do with the bare minimum.

Different animals represented different types of people we meet every day. Boxer, the horse was the one who always over-worked himself, and was gullible enough to believe that he was working for the greater good. Then there was Benjamin the Donkey, a very wise one who knew that keeping his mouth shut was the key to survival.

I suggest this book with all my might to you! If you don’t read this literary piece, then you shall be missing out on something great.

Have you already read this book? Are you planning to read it soon?

Pages – 115

Author – George Orwell

Rating – 5/5 

~ Arnav Gupta

Published by BookWorm

I am a 15-year-old bookworm. Reading is the fuel that I need to survive! It gives me a greater sense of the big world around me from my cosy couch. I have made reading my best companion and a teacher. The happiness reading brings me is immense. I read books of all genres, and here is the take on the books from a book worm's view!

39 thoughts on “Animal Farm ~ Book Review

  1. I recall reading that book in school and then 1984, as well as A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. All good thought provoking reads and so many glimpses of our future. Hope all is well with you. Allan

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  2. It was great to hear youth reading about the possibilities of what can happen in the real world but told to get the message across in an easy-to-understand way. It is too bad that many of us adults forget those simple lessons.Keep reading and learning about life for yourself, don’t take anyone else’s word, discover the world for yourself.

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  3. Wow Arnav: I read Animal Farm when I was about your age too. I’ve never forgotten it. If you look at every horrible leader today, you will find most often, he was originally a ‘freedom’ fighter — until he got total control. Fabulous book. Love, Muriel

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  4. Great review! A timeless rebuttal to the deception of Marxism, which itself continues to echo down the corridors of history, as you are observing. Ironic that it is not censored, even in China, mainly because so few people bother to read older literature from other countries (although references to its title are banned on Chinese social media). Alas, even in the West, most people have forgotten the lessons of history due to preoccupation with the present.

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    1. Thank you so much, Craig! For me, Marxism in itself isn’t completely wrong. One needs to be a visionary to grasp a society where workers are themselves controlling the state.
      Who knows how many things are censored in China! What’s the purpose of life if you can’t fully bask in the light of truth…

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  5. I’ve read the synopsis of this book, it has also been mentioned in several movies I’ve watched. Like you rightly said, it is a poignant review of society that well transcends space and time. Its themes are still much relevant till date.

    You should also check out Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (there’s also a movie), Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (there’s a series) and We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Ultimately, freedom and choice are illusions dictated by those in power, controlling the extent of how they are applied in our day-to-day lives.

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    1. Thank you Carter for the wonderful suggestions, I am always looking forward to book suggestions 😀
      I agree with you a lot, freedom is indeed an illusion. When we consider philosophical questions like these, we see life in a mirror we never have.

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  6. Great review, Arnav! Two points: you don’t ponder upon, since ponder means– thinking upon. So upon is redundant. And tweaking with is wrong. You simply tweak– tweaking history, in this case. Overall, I am hugely impressed that a 14 year old can write so well. Keep up the good work! And be careful with your grammar!

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    1. Hello there! I truly appreciate your comment, as constructive criticism is always welcome to me.
      I loved reading your awesome blog posts, I adore travelling too. Well, because of COVID, I don’t recollect many travelling experiences of mine.
      Thank you so much!

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  7. Brilliant review Arnav. I’ve been interested in reading it for years. My husband and daughter have both read it and recommended it but I hesitated because I thought it would be depressing. But after reading your review I’m determined to go for it! Thank you 😀

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