Animal Farm was a fantastic, interesting, wonderful novel. A very short novel (novella), I was surprised at how short, initially. Once reading the story, however, it couldn't have gone on longer. It was the right length. It was everything it needed to be. It was more than I expected it to be. Animal Farm is one of those books I should have read years ago, maybe right after I read George Orwell's other famous novel, 1984. Animal Farm was my Classics Club Spin book, but I was going to read it anyway. It had been gnawing at me that I hadn't read it yet.
The comparisons to Communism are obvious, Orwell was definitely not subtle about Napolean and his regime. I feel so bad for the animals who rebelled against their oppressors, only to have it happen again. It has a very historic Russian cycle to it. Though I knew the story was not going to be a happy one (since 1984 was not), I was still shocked about what happened to Boxer. The cruelty reached a new height. I wonder what happened to Snowball. I kept hoping that he would rally animals at another farm, then try to overthrow Napoleon. I hoped that the horses would do something. I almost hoped that the men would win their final battle. I ended the book hoping that the animals would revolt against the pigs.
"All animals are equal
but some are more equal than others."
My Hubby told me there are Animal Farm movies/videos. I'd like to see one. There are cartoons and live-action. I'm interested to see how the book is interpreted and if the same feelings evoked by Orwell's story are there when seeing it on screen.
I think Animal Farm is one of those books that everyone should read. It isn't long and has such a powerful story told through an almost silly way. Animal Farm is a book I'd like to read again, but like 1984 with its ending, it might be some time. I wished so much for the happiness of the animals, even after the brutality of their self-proclaimed leader.