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Friday, June 26, 2009

Animal Farm By: George Orwell

Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
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Amount of Pages: 97
Publisher: Plume (Part of Penguin Group)
Publishing Year (1st ever): 1946
Geared Towards: Adult



Summary: I think this quote sums it up quite nicely....


"THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS

1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear cloths.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal."

So now all you need is the background. The animals of Mr. Jones' farm, Manor Farm, are fed up with Jones' actions. So, with the pigs as the leaders they make up a plan to drive Mr/Mrs Jones out of the farm. When they succed all seems well, until the pigs start to act peculiar and slowly very slowly the seventh commandment is broken.


Wdebo's Review: I am NOT, I repeat, NOT, a fan of classics, I try to avoid them at all costs. But I had been making a deal with myself to read more classic books, so the very first one I start with is, Animal Farm. I did read 1984, and found the stoyline quite interesting Orwell has an interesting writing style but it did get boring. However, maybe it was because Animal Farm was so short, but I found it went by fast and held my attention a lot.


The storyline was very original, making you wonder if this could really happen. The reason I do like Orwell's books is because there is this sort of warning in them, making you cautious for the future. His writing was very good, the very first line is so simple, but for some reason, it held my attention fast. No fancy imagry, no fancy similes or metaphors like or anything like that.


"Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but
was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes."

The animals were very well developed. The pigs were very sly and cunning, the sheep dumb, the dogs were strong but dumb all the other animals were swayed easily with a simple "do you want Mr. Jones to come back."

I find the cover of classic books to be boring bland and put-off-y. This one was no exception. (I had a diffrent cover then the one in the picture...I like the one in the picture a whole lot more).

All in all, this is one amazing story that will take you on a giant ride and make you think long in hard during the whole time.

Grade: A-

Wdebo :)

3 comments:

  1. A Classic! I loved 1984!
    Did you watch the movie too?

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  2. No :( was it really good?

    Wdebo :)

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  3. you said you wondered if it could really happen. did you mean the talking animals, 'cause i really doubt that. Actually Animal Farm's story had to revolve around either WW1 or WW2 (I forget). it was meant to show actions happening at the time in a different light. it is one of my favorite books.

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