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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Published: 1945
Pages: 139
Rating: 4/5
Summary: 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 whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece have a meaning and message ferociously fresh.

Review: The book starts off with the animals on Manor Farm Old Major gives the animals a lecture on the way they are being treated. This leads the animals to have a rebellion against Mr. Jones.

The animals all have different personalities. Some of them think that they are doing something good while others think that it's a waste of time. The pigs are the ones who tell others what to do while they sit back and do nothing.

I know that this book represents the Russian Revolution (you can thank my English teacher for this). I could see how Napoleon was treating the animals unfairly ad how it seemed that none of the animals felt this. Throughout the whole book the animals had to do what they were being told and slowly everything changed.

I liked how the book ended, showing what was really happening. I think it showed how the animals had fallen into the same steps that the humans had, which is something that they didn't want to. This was a really unique book considering the character are animals who are in charge of themselves.

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