What’s so great about George Orwell’s Animal Farm?

Title: Animal Farm, Author: George Orwell Animal Farm. Finished 9-9-19, 3/5, classic, pub. 1945

Unabridged audio read by Ralph Cosham. 3 hours.

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.   from Goodreads

This is not a hypothetical question.  I want to know what you loved about Animal Farm.  It’s a still widely read beloved classic, but when I finished it I was so happy it was over and it was only 3 hours! Maybe listening to it all in one day without time for introspection wasn’t the most fair treatment of this dystopian oldie.  So, I’m asking you to sell me on those pigs.  Was I rooting against them?  Of course!  Did I almost shed a tear at Boxer’s end?  Yes!  Did I need to read a study guide at the same time to appreciate it?  You tell me.  And yes, I ‘get’ everything in the above description 🙂

Tell me what you loved the most…

This was my 27th selection for the Classics Club challenge.  I have until January 1, 2020 to get to 50.

10 thoughts on “What’s so great about George Orwell’s Animal Farm?

  1. snoozing on the sofa says:

    I read it in high school, and I believe I liked it, which is saying something for a book I read in high school, but I can’t remember any of the details. Maybe I just had a crush on the teacher at the time; I don’t know.

  2. Anne Young says:

    I read it in high school and I think it opened my eyes politically. There are phrases that resonate today like “4 legs good 2 legs bad” and “Some animals are more equal than others”. It is so long since I read it that I don’t remember the plot details but I remember change being imposed in what appeared to the victims to be a reasonable proposition difficult to argue with.

  3. H says:

    I appreciated the satire. How quickly ideology can creep up and change how things are done for the worst. But yeah, it wasn’t a pleasant read. I wouldn’t reread it.

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