I always try to read at least one or two banned books every year during Banned Books Week, and this time around I chose Animal Farm by George Orwell. Y’all, I REALLY enjoyed this book. I am actually bummed that I never got the chance to study it in high school. Lots of entertainment, lots of food for thought – I definitely recommend this one if, like me, you went to a school where reading was optional.
I don’t have a lot to say about this one, because if you ARE like me and haven’t read it before, I don’t want to be the one that ruins it for you. For such a short book, it sure packs a punch.
The gradual progression of events in Animal Farm impressed me a lot. From the animals realizing they might have the power to do something about their enslavement to humans, to the way they rebel, to the events that follow…I enjoyed this book a lot, have I mentioned that? It is a little scary, a little ironic and a little too familiar (also a little funny in a disturbed way). From the empowerment to the greed and brainwashing that followed, there was this dark humor to the tone of the narration that gave me the serious creeps (in a good way).
Also, can we take a moment of silence to appreciate that massively amazing/brilliant/I bow-down-to-you-George-Orwell ending? Seriously. I read the last chapter twice.
Those pigs, man. I bet anybody that reads this enjoys their bacon just a little bit more afterwards. (Is that wrong?)
I think the next time I read Animal Farm – oh yes, you can bet on there being a next time – I’ll audio it. What better way to make the scary Napoleon even scarier or the gradual brainwashing even more sinister?
Pick this one up, you guys. And if you have already read it, read it again! Worth it.