29 Apr 2012

Literary review - George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'

Published: 1945
Basic plot: Animal Farm is a classic work by George Orwell and a noted piece of literature, which, of course, may help the reader to catapult the imagination beyond the horizons of dogmatic adherence to idealistic or Utopian thoughts. It however, represents human characteristics in an analogy of animal instincts, but it really gives insight into the Russian Revolution of 1917. It also mimics the doomsday of a precipitated change, brought by a modicum of bureaucratic class called as Bolsheviks (from The Literature Network).

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post I found George Orwell's acclaimed Animal Farm in a charity shop for 75p, and having loved 1984, I had always wanted to read it. The novella is only 100 pages, I managed to read it in a day, so it is the perfect sunday book (by my own definition a book that can be thoroughly enjoyed when one has nothing else to distract them). I would rate Animal Farm very highly, although on the surface an innocent children's story (originally called Animal Farm: A Fairy Story), the allegory concerning the Russian revolution and the political figures of the time fits so perfectly into each animal, it seems completely normal to compare this piece of history with the animals on a farm. I am taking a module next year on Russian literature, so I feel I need to become a bit more acquainted with the country's history and Animal Farm provoked my interest! I would recommend this novella; whether you would like to read the fairy story or the message beneath it, it is a great easy little book, and perhaps a good step in the right direction for someone who wants to read George Orwell.

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