Monday, April 16, 2012

Book It - Animal Farm

This week’s featured book:

Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell


As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

My Comments:

This is a brief and easy to follow parable about how a society goes from a democracy to a full-blown totalitarian state. It is a reminder to any free society that unless it remains vigilant, a group of power-hungry individuals can, over a period of time, seize control over a weary and unsuspecting society with propaganda, revisionist history and empty promises. But in order to understand and appreciate what the story is truly about, you must be able to look beyond the fact that the book is about animals on a farm.

Like my daughter (a biblioholic just like her mom) writes on her Shelfari account:

"This is a fantastic book. This book can only be enjoyed if you're able to spot the political parallels and parodies. Otherwise, you will just think it's about animals.”


  1. I read this one many years ago - time for a re-reading I think.

    1. It's a very well written book; really makes its point. And it's short enough to read again and again.