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Animal Farm Book Review

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I read books a lot, with my favorite genres being - Paranormal, Thriller, and Mystery. On a fateful day, I decided to check out Animal Farm, a book whose genre was unusual for me. And that was the reason why I decided to read it! Surprisingly, I loved it, and that's what brought about this review. So basically, I'll be reviewing Animal Farm. Normally, I don't review books I read, at least not like this, but there is always an exception, right? And yeah, it took me a while to write this like a typical book review and it's safe to say that this is my first published book review. Yay! Let's get right to it.

About The Book

Animal Farm is an analogy novel by George Orwell, and it was first printed on the 17th of August 1945. The book casts back happenings that led up to the Russian Rebellion of 1917 and afterward on into the Stalinist span of the soviet coalition.

The book portrays a society where animals are much wiser than they were in the past and are now. And as a result of their wisdom, a group of farm animals initiated a revolt against the humans. They could do things that humans do, like speak in English effortlessly, drink, and more, and these abilities gave them the ability and power to be dictators. The animals revolt against their human breeder, with the aspiration of creating a world where animals are entitled to equal rights and freedom with the humans and are happy.

Plot Summary

Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, called the animals together for a gathering. He gives a speech about the wickedness shown to them by their human owners and refers to humans as foes of the animal dynasty. This happened while their keeper, Mr. Jones, is asleep in a drunken state.

When the old boar dies, two young pigs, Napoleon and Snowball assume mastery and consider it their responsibility to prepare for the revolt against humans as taught by Old Major. The farm animals rebel and drove their keeper Mr. Jones and his men from the Manor farm and afterward renamed the farm "Animal Farm."

They take on the seven decrees of which the most key is "All animals are equal." Snowball schools the other animals to read and write, while Napoleon tutors youngsters on Animalism concepts. There is plenty of food on the farm, and it runs effortlessly. The pigs upgrade themselves to positions of authority and reserve special items seemingly for their health benefits. Not long, some men strike Animal Farm…

Mr. Jones and his men are trying their best to take back the farm from the animals, helped by some other breeders afraid of the same animal rebellion on their farms. Snowball and the animals defeat the men through a shock strike as soon as they enter the farm barnyard. Snowball and Napoleon compete for superiority after the battle declared "The Battle of the Cowshed." When Snowball made known his intentions to update the farm by constructing a wind generator, Napoleon chases Snowball away and proclaims himself the dictator of the Manor farm…

Review

From a rational point of view, Animal farm is just a story of animals booting out their human keepers to take complete control. Still, Orwell managed to portray the change from insurrection to out-of-hand corruption and manipulation. The book gives itself an emblem of farm animals that banish the human in command and lead a community to the maximum impartiality and civility between all animals. And as the community moves on, the equality decreases, and power and authority separate the animals. In general, the story exhibits how a community's beliefs and doctrines can be influenced or tampered with by dictators, leading to dishonesty by those in authority.

This story relates attentively to the usual misapprehension of Collectivist beliefs. Every single animal appears equal and alike initially, but as time proceeds, the paradise where all animals gain becomes an autocracy governed by the pigs and where only the pigs exactly gain under this new liberation from the human clan. It is a bright illustration of what happens when an insurrection goes off track, as in the case of the pigs and the Manor Farm.

The book is ingenious, gripping, and stimulating. It portrays an easier and more interesting method to assimilate and comprehend communism without the necessity of studying and learning Communist historical events to understand the misunderstanding and undoing of communism. The books offer an easy route to learning communism, the causes of its failure, and who or what caused the problem in communism. The book is also pleasant as it explains the high-intelligence topic of communism in an easy-to-understand story that is intended for both children and grown-ups.

Another great thing about the book is that it not very lengthy. It tells a powerful tale in 125 pages that is so easy to read but difficult to assimilate. The book will be greatly valued by young readers with curious minds and those with no grip on the book's political points. It can be relished as the uncomplicated, informing, and touching allegory it is, a tale that exhibits humanity at its best and very worst.

Lessons To Learn From Animal Farm

There is a lot to learn from the book beyond animals' elevated wisdom. Here are some important lessons to be learned from the book.

Those in authority's minds and beliefs are susceptible to corruption: The book depicts how easily power changes those with it and how they manipulate it for their selfish interests and benefits. It clearly shows how they forcefully control those under their dictatorship to remain in control and how they enter into battles for supremacy, forgetting the reasons why they were put in power.

The people in authority use diversions to distract those under them from the key problems and use them for their political benefits.

Rephrasing history and telling lies are the first treads to brainwashing: The pig clan rewrote and revised the seven decrees. Some of the other animals suspected something is off but did not question or do a thing about it. A commandment says, "All animals are equal," and rewritten after some time to "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than the others." The new decree will make all animals think and be agree that some animals have or are entitled to more benefits. They will accept it to be true and right without questions. It has been this way with authority holders for generations, influencing the law and history in different ways to command the people.

Smartness on the part of authority holders doesn't guarantee they will rule well or do what is best for the community: The pigs were put in power by the other animals because they appear smarter than any other. They started well; Old Major did have good intentions and did relatively well before his death. The pigs started abusing and taking advantage of their power when they realized all of the farm animals agree with whatever they put forward without questioning.

A paradise-like community is quite impossible: As those in power will continue abusing and manipulating it to suit themselves. They use the authority bestowed upon them to work for their gains.

Final Words

Animal Farm is a very nice example of imaginary writing that explains how politics works with the main focus on communism. The book contains all one needs to know about how power and governance work.

It is a touching allegory that provides a warning about the events of history repeating itself – which will be put aside, of course, for humans are good at replicating the mistakes and misconceptions of the past. Animal Farm is a must-read book for all

Thanks for reading. I'd really love to hear from you, especially if you have read the book! Please drop your comments below.

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I haven't read any of his books, guess I will start with this " Animal farm" novel

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11 months ago

I was worried when I saw the title, as some people have quite shallow takes on Orwell's books. The way you broke down the plot and explained what you took from the book shows a respectable level of insight, I think. Well done :)

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1 year ago

Thank you! George Orwell is a great writer judging with Animal Farm! I'm glad I read the book.

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1 year ago

One of my favorite novels . Had a lot of hidden lessons

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1 year ago

Yeah. I know right!

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1 year ago

The novel animal farm will forever remain green in my mind. The story is just about politics but the writer used animals as it's character. One of the best animated novels.

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1 year ago

Exactly!

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