Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Capture Sunshine: Animal Farm Book Review

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

This is one of those books which I wanted to read since a very long time but always put it on for another day in hopes to read it at a pace when I can fully comprehend and take time to absorb the learnings.

Today was that day.

Animal Farm is a political satire by George Orwell published in 1945, representing events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. It’s so well written that the story still holds true and is relevant today.

It’s set in a farmyard where the animals decides to start a revolution to overthrow human control, seize the land and start a co operative to reap the rewards of their labour. At first, I thought this is about how selfishly humans mistreat animals forgetting that they have a life of their own. How animals looks at this injustice to them and a lesson for humans to do better.

But, this book is so much more than that.

It’s about power and how it corrupts people.

As animals gain control, some animals gain more power than the others. They give orders while the others toil. Rules are modified to suit their needs and absolute power corrupts and turn them into the monsters they intended to overthrow in the first place – making the animals questions if this is what they were striving for and whether their new found freedom is really free?

Animal farm is one of the best books I have ever read which merges politics and social issues so beautifully, which warns us about the mistakes we made in history and still continues to do today. It’s a well deserved classic!

If you haven’t read it still, I would urge you to give it a read and if you have read it already, tell me – how did you find it? What did you feel after reading it?

At the end of the book, I was just like – those bad, bad pigs!


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  1. Lisa's Notebook

    I studied Animal Farm at school and at college we performed an adaptation for stage as well. It’s one of those texts that still stays with me today, such a powerfully written book, and (sadly) still so relevant now. Glad you enjoyed (if that’s the right word) it too 🙂 Lisa x

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      Sakshi Raina

      I’m quite (happily) surprised to know that this book is being taught in schools and colleges at so many places. I wish, I would have read it sooner. It’s sadly still relevant today and I’m not sure if we still have learned our lessons.

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  2. littlemissbearpaw

    We read this one in school. It’s interesting to me that the warning I took away from this powerful read didn’t stick with many of my classmates. The fate of the animals on this farm is a devastating one, I hope that we won’t continue to repeat their mistakes here in the human world! Great review! Thank you!

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      Sakshi Raina

      I’m glad you liked the post and the book, thank you xx
      I agree that this is such a powerful book that warns us of the mistakes we already made, it’s upto us to learn from them.

  3. Claire

    I’ve never read Animal Farm, but I’ve meant to. I studied 1984 in school, and I’m aware of the plot of Animal Farm – Orwell wrote so well about the subtleties of authoritarian states, and how power can evolve in unexpected ways. He was a very wise man! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.

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  4. FindingTheFearlessLife

    It was required reading for me back in high school. A long time ago.
    I have been wanting to read it again, since I am more inclined to pay attention.

    I did just recently pick up a copy of George Orwell’s 1984. Which was good as well. Have you read that?

    Politics and societal issues in that as well.
    Some things very relatable to the events today.

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  5. fancypaperblog

    This book was often taught in Ireland but my year we took Lord of the Flies. I really love both books despite being disturbed by them. They stayed with me all my life.

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