Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Summary: This well written novel begins with an introduction to a gaggle of commonplace farm animals who have been called to order by an elderly and wizened boar known as Old Major, who has awoken from a stirring dream the previous night in which he and his fellow animal compatriots rise up against a negligent Mr. Jones, who keeps the farm, known as Manor Farm. Old Major’s dream is lived as a reality just before the old boar passes away, leaving in charge the two pigs of most exemplary intelligence: Snowball and Napoleon. However, it is swiftly made clear that an amount of disorder is present among the two pigs, as the construction of a windmill which hoped to bring renewable energy to Manor Farm is brought to an abrupt halt by Napoleon, who has destroyed the windmill in a successful attempt to villainize and erase Snowball from the farm. With Snowball lost in the dark and foreboding forest along Manor Farm, Napoleon’s reign of tyranny dawns upon his fellow animals, who are oblivious to this destruction, as all hopes for words of truth are erased by Squealer, a pig who specializes in censoring news to maintain Napoleon’s rule.
Readers are left with an unresolved crisis when Napoleon is discovered to be fraternizing with businessmen and adapting human traits. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that violent revolts lead to violent regimes.
Gut Reaction: The first feeling which I drew from this book’s plot and the style in which it was written was a feeling of mild peculiarity and intrigue. It was also quite easy to become enveloped in the characters’ personalities, and be left bewildered and even heartbroken when a character is removed from the story.
Why: It is most likely that I felt this way about the novel in part to the fact that Mr. Orwell’s writing style isn’t entirely vernacular to most teenagers (thus the peculiarity), and also due to the fact that this book focuses heavily on symbolism in the form of farm animals with elaborate names(thus the intrigue).
Who would like this book: It is my personal opinion that older teens and adults with a keen interest in humanities and creative writing would be the key demographic for this novel, as this book‘s main theme is the fault in revolution and general civilization. However, if you are a younger teen, like myself, you may be interested in reading this lovely book as well.