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George Orwell's Animal Farm (Monarch Notes)

by Ralph A. Ranald

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This is a short book which doesn't take too long to read, but it's a great one. The whole of the Russian revolution and the culture of the USSR afterwards under Stalin, is summarized in this story by way of farm animals rising-up against their oppressive overlord, the human farmer.

The leaders of the revolution are two pigs, the cleverist of the animals on the farm. They represent Trotsky and Stalin. The rest of the animals represent the human population, or the "workers".

I won't write any more, but in case you don't know anything about the Russian revolution, just as a warm-up for this book you should read a summary of it to know the major points of what happened and who was involved.

Overall an entertaining book, with hints of his "1984" mixed in. ( )
  Kronomlo | Jun 25, 2017 |
I loved it back in the day and I'm NOT going to re-read it, since many of the books I loved when I was younger weren't nearly as good when I read them as an adult. ( )
  KatKealy | May 3, 2017 |
Well written and entertaining, easy read and quite a simple story. My main issue is that symbolism there is so limited to specific time and place that makes the book show it's age and so it's hard to enjoy the book beyond the superficial story which as I said was entertaining for me. ( )
  Partlee | Mar 10, 2017 |
Read this book for the Around the Year in 52 weeks challenge. Week 7 ( About an animal or an animal on the cover). I don't know that much about the Russian Revolution, but after reading this book I think I'd like to learn more. I think it was entertaining as a story, but fascinating that it was describing something that really happened. I kind of wish I had read more about the actual revolution and then read this book so I could understand it more. ( )
  MinDea | Feb 13, 2017 |
This is a allegorical novella in which Bradbury presents the rise and development of the Soviet Union by using the allegory of farm animals. Easy to read, as well as short. Can make for very good and well thought out discussions. Complements Fahrenheit 451 quite well. ( )
  alexishartline | Feb 5, 2017 |
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Since its publication in 1946, George Orwell's fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong has rivaled Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea as the Shortest Serious Novel It's OK to Write a Book Report About. (The latter is three pages longer and less fun to read.) Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. Everyone willingly works overtime, productivity soars, and for one brief, glorious season, every belly is full. The animals' Seven Commandment credo is painted in big white letters on the barn. All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed, or kill a fellow four-footed creature. Those that go upon four legs or wings are friends and the two-legged are, by definition, the enemy. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have styled themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. "We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of the farm depend on us. Day and night, we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples." While this swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, cynically editing the Seven Commandments to excuse their violence and greed, the common animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than in the days when humans ran the farm. Satire Animal Farm may be, but it's a stony reader who remains unmoved when the stalwart workhorse, Boxer, having given his all to his comrades, is sold to the glue factory to buy booze for the pigs. Orwell's view of Communism is bleak indeed, but given the history of the Russian people since 1917, his pessimism has an air of prophecy. --Joyce Thompson

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When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and plenty. Orwell's chilling tale is a timeless and devastating satire of idealism betrayed by power and corruption.… (more)

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