ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell | Review

Title: Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Book #: Standalone

Genres: Adult, Classic, Science Fiction

Publication: May 20013, by Plume

Pages: 112

Author’s Website

Rating: cjombine_images

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.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Review

After trying for several times to write this review, I have decided that I will just write what comes to my mind right now and just keep it short, simple and sweet.

I was really taken by this book. There were moments when all I could do was stare at what was standing in letters right in front me and only think “What?… What the?… How?… How is this even possible?…” I have to say: “George Orwell, I take my hat off”. He managed to describe everything that is right and wrong in our society through describing an animal society. This book left me wondering how are we really different? Man and animal seems to be one and the same. Sorry if I’m becoming a bit philosophic here, but this book really provokes these kind of thoughts and questions.

It was also relatively easy to go through, as it was very small and also used a quite “easy” writing style. I have to say that I was really glad this book wasn’t longer, because even though I did appreciate all the thoughts and meanings of this book, it still was not exactly my kind of thing. I admit, I’m used to reading a lot of young adult and action packed books, so this one was very far away from my comfort zone. But I’m happy I gave it a try! It also feels nice somehow to read something completely different every once in a while.

First Line

Mr Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.

Mini Review

I “appreciated” this book, but didn’t exactly “like” it.
George Orwell is definitely a genius with a great imagination.
I don’t regret reading this in any way!

Recommend it for…

  • Anyone who wants to read something thought-provoking
  • Fans of 1984 by George Orwell

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1984 by George Orwell | Review

Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Book #: Standalone

Publication: July 1950 by Signet Classics

Pages: 328

Author’s Website

Rating: f4c0488b-ab03-452b-94f1-cd12ff49ff75

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions. A legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”

Review

This is a scary scary world! And the scariest thing about it is that this is the world we live in! Okay, I’m exaggerating a little.

1984 describes a world where everything is controlled by the government: living, working, talking, sleeping, procreating etc. If the government says that 2+2=5 then it is true. It doesn’t even occur to anyone to question it. You are not even allowed to think otherwise because Big Brother is watching you. Privacy is, of course, non-existent and if you do anything that goes against the government, you get arrested, killed, and deleted from every file. You “evaporate“. It’s like you never existed. Even the slightest change in your face expression can betray you, which will lead to your evaporation.

All of the above is, of course, not really a problem, because almost no one ever thinks about questioning what the government says. Ignorance is strength, and after all, Big Brother would never do anything that isn’t in the best interests of everyone. This sort of world is frighteningly familiar, because it is so similar to the way our world is turning into.

I could probably analyze this book by talking about it for pages and pages, but I don’t think there is a point in doing that here and now, so just know this:

1984 is a book that has changed me forever. And if there was one thing I loved about it, that would have to be the ending. Which was refreshingly, realistically, wonderfully unpredictable.

READ IT.

First Line

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Recommend it for…

  • anyone who is curious to read the first dystopian book ever written
  • anyone wanting to read a thought-provoking novel
  • anyone who has thoughts about the way our society has become

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