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Friday, January 21, 2011

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Title: Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Signet Classic

Rate: 4 and a half stars

It was just after the sheep had returned, on a pleasant evening when the animals had finished work and were making their way back to the farm buildings, that the terrified neighing of a horse sounded from the yard. Startled, the animals stopped in their tracks.It was Clover's voice. She neighed again, and all the animals broke into a gallop and rushed into the yard. Then they saw what Clover had seen.
It was a pig walking on his hind legs.

Animal Farm is a heart-wrenching story about animals’ rebellion against their cruel master, only to fall into another dictator’s hand. At the beginning of their rebellion, they were equal, but after awhile, much smarter pigs taken control of the leadership. It showed how the spirit of freedom can be easily manipulated by cunning leader. It portrayed the dictatorship regime very well, how the leader holds every piece of information and change it the way he want it to make sure the citizen obey every rule he made. The animals were truly believed that they were free, even though they worked hard, but at least they are the master of themselves, they were the only free animals in entire England.

4 and a half stars is my highest rating for a book and this book deserve every star of it. It was awesome and very close to the reality despite the characters were animals. It so powerful, mind-bending, and drain your emotion at the same time. I cheered along with the animals when they manage to take over the Manor Farm, felt their joy when they harvested their hard work to feed themselves, felt their misery when their comrades were dead, and the frustration when they fall into another ‘master’. My imagination was indulged by the description; not only the characters' emotion, but also the mood, the setting and the environment.

Reading this remind me why I love classics. With all due respect to all fantastic authors out there, there are things in classic authors that seems to be missing from most of authors these days. Perhaps the influence of marketing and commercial wasn't as powerful as today, or perhaps because the life in old days were less free than today and the best way to speak of your mind was through writing.



Anonymous said...

one of my absolutelly favourites. I have to read it alone because it makes me cry a bit. :')

Lynossa (Deranged Book Lovers) said...

@Masha, I know! Especially when they took away Boxer!

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