"Animal Farm" reviewed by Lauren on July 22, 2010

Name: 
Lauren
Grade: 
12
Title: 
Animal Farm
Author: 
George Orwell
Genre: 
general
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George Orwell's book, "Animal Farm", is a classic example of political fiction. In this short novel about farm animals, Orwell portrays the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.
If one reads this as a fantasy story about animals, like the beloved stories of "Babe" and "Charlotte's Web", "Animal Farm" can be very confusing. However, if one reads it with a good understanding of the history of the Soviet Union, it has an ironic tone.
"Animal Farm" is a transformation-circle story. However, where the usual transformation-circle story ends with a character or characters changing for the better, this one has no such hopeful ending.
Orwell, who hated communism, paints it in a dim light through "Animal Farm". It is not a book to be read lightly, and I don't recommend rushing through it, even though it can be a quick read.

Similar authors or titles?: 

"1984", by George Orwell
"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

Would you recommend this book?: 

For thoughtful reading, yes.
For a quick, enjoyable read, no.

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ISBN: 
9780451526342