Hello everyone, I hope your enjoying this fine Tuesday. I recently just made a pretty big purchase, not so much in price but more or so big as in how much I needed it. I bought myself a chromebook! Okay, so maybe a little bit more on the pricier side, but still a big necessity. I can link the one I purchased here in case you guys are looking for a decent 2-in-1 computer. It can be used as a computer with working keyboard, but then flipped to become a tablet. I looooove it. My blog and art skills are really going to enjoy it as well. Now that we got that little bit of exciting information, on to the review!
Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Classic, Fiction, Dystopian
Format: audiobook, borrowed from Overdrive
Pages: 144 (approx. 3 hours for audio)
A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.
The symbolism in this book is really significant. Basically, this book represent’s the Soviet revolution, but instead of using the Soviet Union and the explanation of tsar’s and just making it a history book that most likely some people would never care to understand, Orwell ‘dumbs it down’ for you by setting it on a farm using farm animals as your main characters. While using animals in a farm setting, it’s extremely political, and shows the concept of how the ruling class works, by taking advantage of the common people. Just the symbolism blew me away, and seeing the connections between people in history like Stalin and Molotov and Rasputin, be made into farm animals and still have their history shared (Napoleon, Squeeler, Old Moses, etc.) Once you really read into the history behind this book, it can be very captivating and interesting.
While I did enjoy the symbolism and seeing the connection between a world where farm animals talk and actual Russian history, I thought this book was just plain out weird. The first thing I want to talk about that I just could NOT get past was the name Snowball for the pig. Snowball is actually supposed to represent Trotsky, but really? Snowball was the name? Every time I heard the name Snowball I just couldn’t help but laugh! I mean come on, there had to be other names. Aside from Snowball, I also couldn’t get over the fact that at the end of the book the pigs were just getting drunk and playing card games. Like, come on. They started off with, oh the pigs get to eat the apples and the other animals can’t to all of a sudden the pigs are getting drunk by drinking alcohol and playing cards and just talking to humans. It just turned away from focusing on animal habits and just went into unrealistic things.
You could argue with me though and say the whole thing is just simply unrealistic, which it is. I just don’t think this was clearly meant for me. I went out of my comfort zone reading it, and I am proud for finishing it, but it just got way too freaky for me to handle. After this post, I do not want to ever have to think about Snowball the pig ever again.
Have you guys read this classic? Do you agree Snowball is an absolute ridiculous name?