Animal Farm, George Orwell

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  1. Morgan C. Says:

    Summary: Animal Farm is what the author George Orwell describes as a “fairy story”. It’s a simplified, easy to read look at Soviet communism portrayed by animals. The pigs play the role of the communist leaders in the story when the animals overthrow the owner of the farm. The community is doing very well at the beginning, but when the noble Snowball is chased away by his competitor Napoleon’s dogs everything takes a turn for the worse.

    Commentary: This was a really fun book to read especially with the preface by George Orwell explaining the themes in the book and his political viewpoints. I also read the less intellectual version with brilliantly done illustrations in the style of a kid’s book. I would recommend this highly.

    Rating: 5 / 5 stars

    Recommendations: Fahrenheit 451, 1984, The Blind Side

  2. Jacob L. Says:

    Summary:
    Under the authority of the pigs, the animals on Manor Farm revolt against the humans on the farm. The pigs assume power over the farm and make rules. The main leader pig dies, and two other pigs, Snowflake and Napoleon, lead the farm. Snowflake eventually leaves, and Napoleon makes the rest of the animals believe that Snowflake is evil, for the human side. The farm thrives, but the rest of the animals (besides the pigs) are oppressed by Napoleon’s rule. The pigs live a lavish existence, with beds, beer, extra food, etc…, while the rest of the animals have barely enough to survive. Eventually the pigs start trading with neighboring farms, and this leads to them acting completely like humans.
    In the end, the other animals can’t even tell the difference between the pigs and humans anymore.

    Commentary:
    On the surface, this book was weird, but there was a lot of political and philosophical value within its pages. I didn’t enjoy how the book was written, or really any of the characters therein, but I did like some of the ideas that were cleverly disguised by Orwell. Hidden inside what seems like a fairly innocent short novel were much deeper and more relevant themes that relate directly to modern society and government. I would recommend this book primarily to the band Rise Against, because it is full of thinly concealed warnings of the danger of tyrannical government, masquerading as passive entertainment, not unlike some of their music.

    Rating: 3 stars ***

  3. Linh H. Says:

    Summary: It started with a revolution of animals against their farmers, and then, soon enough, some animals adapt to the human lifestyles and eventually turn into what they used to hate the most.

    Evaluation: It’s basically a metaphor book of how humans are greedy like pigs. Which I think is true, and the book is great, along with awesome illustration.

    Rating: 4/5

    Recommendations:
    By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead – Julie Anne Peters
    Fairy Tail

  4. Christopher N. Says:

    Summary- An old prize winning boar named Major has a dream about all animals living together with no humans. He dies only three days after the meeting with three younger pigs named Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer. Snowwball teaches the animals to read, while Napoleon takes some puppies and teaches thems Animalism. Mr. Jones comes to take the farm back but the animals defeat him. Snowball is chased away from the barn by the nine puppies Napoleon took. He claims the pigs are superior and they should be making the decisions for all the animals. Soon after, the animals can’t tell if they are pigs or humans.

    Commentary- I loved this book and have been looking for a sequel for it but haven’t been fortunate. I liked how the author compared the humans and the pigs at the end of the book, because that is what they basically were.

    Rating- 5 stars

    Recommendations- Fever 1973

  5. Aud M. Says:

    Summary: This book takes place on a farm owned by a man named Mr. Jones, whose mistreated farm animals take a stand against his abuse. After getting rid of the evil man, the animals create a list of rules to go by while they run the farm. When the animals disagree about rebuilding an old windmill, it collapses the night of a big storm. One of the head pigs, Snowball, disappears the same night which causes the animals to blame him. As years pass, two other pigs, Squealer and Napoleon, rule the farm.

    Evaluation: I really liked this book. It starts with animals running their own farm, but when power gets in the way, Animal Farm is formed into a hierarchy. It was a good allegory and breaks down the cold war in a new way.

    Rating: 3 Stars

    Recommendations: Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451

  6. Sarabeth P. Says:

    The animals on the Jones farm are slaves to the humans and don’t receive the amount of credit they deserve for the work they do. They rebel against Mr. Jones and soon have the farm to themselves. The pigs take charge and the other animals work hard to do their part, but it’s tough. Napoleon, the pig, becomes the leader and decides to build a windmill for the farm. It is torn down 3 times and one by one the animals fall as slaves to the pigs just as they were to the humans.

    I immediately got into the story and fell in love with the good characters. The story was portraying the communist government in Russia but the way of telling that story using animals vs people was very original. They had one grand idea of self governing, and they made it happen, but the pigs took over and began controlling the farm and the animals on it. Eventually, I even forgot Napoleon was a pig because he was acting so much like what Jones had acted like. I felt that the ending was not up to the standards of the rest of his writing, but that it left you thinking about the book.

    Rating: 5 stars!

    Suggestions: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Lord of the Flies, My Antonia, Brave New World

  7. Nicole D. Says:

    Summary: This book takes place on a farm owned by a man named Mr. Jones, whose mistreated farm animals take a stand against his abuse. After banishing the evil man, the animals create a list of rules to go by while they run the farm. When the animals disagree about rebuilding an old windmill, it collapses the night of a big storm. Coincidentally one of the head pigs, Snowball, disappears the same night which causes the animals to blame him. As years pass, two other pigs, Squealer and Napoleon, rule the farm. The ending is depressing and shows that not all leaders are right for the job.

    Evaluation: I really liked this book. It starts with wholesome animals running their own farm, but when power gets in the way, Animal Farm is formed into a hierarchy. It was a good allegory and breaks down the cold war in a new way.

    Rating: 4 Stars

    Recommendations: Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451

  8. Briana B Says:

    Summary: Farmer Jones rules his farm with an iron fist and the animals were mistreated, so the pigs encouraged all the farm animals to rebel. Soon after Jones was run off the farm and the animals established a functioning society. The Pigs were awarded the leader but tensions run high when Snowball and Napoleon fight for overall power. When Snowball mysteriously disappears Napoleon becomes a tyrant worse than farmer Jones. Now the animal farm goes though years of famine and struggle while the pigs eat all the food without caring for the remaining animals. The other animals resent their leader but don’t dare rebel for fear of torture or worse. Soon the animals see there is no difference between the pigs and the humans.

    Evaluation: I think this book opens your eyes to how there are leaders who rule society like this today. I can now see why many countries in the northern parts of Africa may have rebelled. I think the events that are portrayed in Animal Farm happen today in society and will continue in the future. Overall the author was trying to say we are no better than animals when it comes to running a successful government. Overall, I enjoyed this book for its new views of society.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Books I liked…
    The Blind Side
    Chinese Cinderella

  9. Yuli B Says:

    Summary: On a little farm, the animals have taken over. They set up a mini government which seems fair at first, but later takes a turn for the worst. The two leaders, Napoleon and Snowball, are both swine who set up a classless society which quickly devolves into a society where the pigs are at the top.

    Commentary: I loved this book, and lately I have been reading books about controlled societies. This book was based on the Communist reign in Russia. I have found that most of Orwell’s books are based on opinion. I learned about what it was really like during the Communist reign. Before reading this book, I never really thought about Russia.

    Rating: 5 stars

    Recommendations: 1984, The Hunger Games, Matched

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