Opening Sentence:Mr Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.
Synopsis:’It is the history of a revolution that went wrong – and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,’ wrote Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945. Orwell wrote the novel at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished. Its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain’s ally, led to the book being refused by publisher after publisher. Orwell’s simple, tragic fable, telling what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has since become a world-famous classic.
Genre:Literature & Fiction
Comments:This book was quite different from 1984, the only other of Orwell’s works that I have read. The allusions to communism are obvious and character development was sacrificed in favour of narrative. As a study of historical narrative, this book is important. As an enjoyable book to read, Animal Farm falls short of the mark.
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- Christopher Hitchens on Orwell: “What people do not want to hear” (newstatesman.com)
- The Road to Sanctity: George Orwell and the NS (newstatesman.com)
- First George Orwell Day celebrated (guardian.co.uk)