Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Pages: 112
ISBN: 0141036133

Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message.

Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.


First of all, this is my first book for 1001 Books to Read Before You Die and of The Classics Club so I am giving myself a pat on the back for finishing it. 🙂

I had Animal Farm sitting in my bookshelf for a few months now dreading to read it but when I started reading Animal Farm, I loved it from page 1 to the last. This review has been long overdue.

For a person who has no knowledge about Russian politics, I can’t compare it to what its main purpose was so this review is mainly about the story and its characters. The story revolves around a farm of animals and how they successfully lead a revolution against their owners to be independent so that they can solely govern their own but ends up being an unfortunate misfortune of being controlled by other animals instead.

From the very start, one can see where the problem lies. As the story unfolds, we can see hints of power and control from some of the characters. Brainwashing was rampant and it was sad to actually see how the plans of the greedy characters progressed. You can feel the inhumane treatment, the sorrow, the pain from what the animals is feeling and I am very impressed at how realistic and true the story is to some of the stereotypes of the real world. Anothing thing I love most about Animal Farm was how simple to read it was yet the meaning was as loud as it can get. It was a pleasant journey worth treasuring.

My only regret now is not reading Animal Farm before. This is a definite re-reading material and a highly recommended one as well.