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March 04, 2005

Discussion: Animal Farm

Animal Farm

This will be pretty brief. If you haven't read Animal Farm, you probably should -- I mean, take the three or four hours¹ out of your life and read it, it's not at all long. If you haven't read it since junior high or whatever, I'd recommend re-reading it. It's an arch and occasionaly darkly comic allegory of the rise of Communism, but with animals. It's every bit as good as 1984, while less oppressive, and if you know a little bit about history, you'll find yourself nodding knowingly at any number of moments. It's like Babe crossed with the last hour or so of Reds.

There were any number of times, though, where I was puzzled -- what did this represent, what did that represent? The ways in which Orwell covers the story thoroughly, down to minute details, is wonderful, but he still leaves room for questions and further investigation. It's a truly great book, and given its length, high bang-for-buck. If you need further inducement, consider that old George is getting a bit of a revival these days.

¹From personal experience, the audio edition runs just over three hours, and is quite good.

Posted by Brett Douville at March 4, 2005 08:18 PM


Cool, I'll add it to my Simplyaudiobooks queue.

Posted by: Jamie at March 4, 2005 09:44 PM