“Animal Farm” by George Orwell Book Review

Mini review of Animal Farm

4 stars

“Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/ communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.”

Books like this are one of the reasons that words can be the most powerful of weapons. I love banned books. Books that are surrounded with controversy have always made it on my “to read list”. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get to it, but after reading “Animal Farm”, I definitely think George Orwell is an amazing thinker and writer.

This book is an excellent example
of how the attempt of freedom and revolution can go so horribly wrong. At the start, the animals will do anything to escape the torture of Mr. jones, their farmer. But, when the pigs start to take charge and even create their own “seven commandments” to prove that all animals will be given fair and equal treatment it all goes downhill from there. The pigs do everything to keep the other animals uneducated and believe that everything they say is right. One pig in particular, Napoleon, becomes the leader (dictator) and decides to change all the rules and commandments made gradually to trick the animals and make the pigs superior. It’s so awful to think of how in real life, many countries have tried to do this to their people, keeping them ignorant and unaware while they rule the people’s lives.

The story is very simple, yet incredibly complex. The exposing of the flaws of communism and dictatorship was incredibly interesting and history buffs will probably love it. I’m not an expert on politics and Russian history, but I still got the message this book was trying to explain. This book is just another example of how communism just doesn’t work. What a horrifying and important book.