I started and finished George Orwell‘s Animal Farm a couple of weeks ago, through a library loaned audio book, but am just now finding the time to write about it. Have I mentioned the I love the ecollection from the library?
Anyway – Animal Farm. GREAT book! 4 out of 5 stars on my Goodreads. Apparently most of America read this early in life, but it was never required reading during school for me so it took me a little longer to find it. It’s a very quick story which I could see appealing to younger crowds for the simple reason that it focuses on a group of farm animals that revolt and create their own farming community. However, there are so many societal and philosophical questions throughout the book, both subtle and some not so subtle, that I found myself taking notes on my thoughts. It’s the first time I can remember a book, which wasn’t required reading, stirring such a reflective mood.
I’ll use the next few posts to review my overall thoughts, some of which may seem more of a rambling than anything else since I’m not sure I actually found any conclusive feelings to any of the themes I found within the book. Themes such as
- Society’s putting too much value on intelligence.
- Does higher levels of intelligence open a person to more opportunities in life and if so, is that actually a good thing?
- Does high intelligence automatically lead to abuse of those of lower levels?
- Is capitalism a foregone conclusion? If so, is that a good thing?
- Are we destined to always separate ourselves into classes, whether that be social, political, or ethnic?
For those interested in watching a film version, here is a classic animated version of Animal Farm.
More to come…