Next Up: Animal Farm
Time for George Orwell, take two.
Earlier this year, I read 1984. Loved it. Fascinating novel. This will be my second read of Animal Farm, though the first time I read this book was probably sometime around seventh grade. It’s been awhile.
So I’m pumped to read this novel. Not only is a great story, it’s a short story, just a little over 100 pages. And the beauty of it is the depth of the novel, masked as a children’s tale.
Here are a few facts about Animal Farm:
- Animal Farm was published in 1945, four years before 1984 was published.
- The novel is a criticism of Stalinism.
- Because of the controversial nature of the book, Orwell had a difficult time finding a publisher. T.S. Eliot was a director at one of the publishers who turned down Animal Farm.
- Two Animal Farm films have been produced. An animated version in 1954 and a made-for-TV film in 1999.
- The book is a pop culture enthusiast’s dream, with references in hundreds of other novels and television shows. More on that tomorrow.
- Orwell is one of only a few authors with two books on the Time list.
So what’s your take on this one?