Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal FarmNow I’m sure you know just how bad Lenin and Stalin were and the terrible things they did to the people of Russia (If you didn’t know, basically Lenin took control via revolution planned to have Communism but by the time of Stalin there was a very bad totalitarian police state). George Orwell lived while this was going on and unfortunately for him, Stalin was currently an ally of England in the Second World War, so, rather than writing a clear attack against Stalinism, he had to write the Animal Farm.

The book works very well to show just how bad Stalin was by using Napoleon, his animal equivalent. It, rather cleverly, shows how Stalin was no better, and in fact probably worse, than the Tsars he replaced, or how the pigs were no better than the humans they replaced (as it goes in the book). There’s a nice mixture of allegory and very dry humour, which make the book rather enjoyable to read.

Having said that, the book does have it’s bad points. The biggest problem, in my opinion, is that Orwell’s writing style for this book is very boring, there’s little description or emotion. Although, as the book’s purpose is the serve as an allegory, I suppose that description or emotion aren’t actually required of it, but still I think it seems rather lacking in this area and that made it slightly less fun to read for me. Also, I think that Orwell is slightly to generous to Lenin with his equivalent character Old Major he is shown as practically flawless. While Lenin was much better than Stalin, he still did quite a few bad things during his reign.

On the whole this was a good book, I’d rate it at 7/10.

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