Animal Farm is one of those novels that has become so integrated into our culture that it’s everywhere. The book is appealing to everyone from history buffs to sixth graders, mostly because the story goes as deep as you want to take it.
I think that’s why it’s so easy to find references to Animal Farm throughout pop culture, whether it’s American, British, or otherwise. After just a few minutes of research, I found several references to this book in music, film and television.
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:
Well, at least you guys have a sense of humor.
It’s pretty clear, after reading through yesterday’s comments, that most of you think it funny to watch a 35-year-old man read a Judy Blume book about a girl coming of age. A bit uncomfortable, perhaps?
What will the world look like in 40 years?
Difficult question, yes? No one really can answer with certainty. And, if we try to answer, more than likely we’re going to come up with some goofy, off-base version of the future that, in 40 years, will be over the top and lame. Kind of like The Jetsons or those rides at Epcot.
What George Orwell lacked in his sense of facial hair fashion (see photo), he more than made up for in his writing ability.
I suspect that many of you, since you are reading a blog about books, are avid readers.
Many avid readers, I would propose, have at least a passing interest in writing–most of you have blogs, I’ve noticed.
Back in 1984, Apple (Macintosh) released their first computer with a classic and critically acclaimed commercial, featured during the Super Bowl, that borrowed heavily from George Orwell’s 1984. IBM was portrayed as “Big Brother” and Apple as the revolutionary who was saving the world from conformity.
To shorten my reviews, I’ve decided to move the “Quick Facts” section to a new post—which I’ll feature before I start reading each book.
Book 11 is 1984—a classic by George Orwell. Sadly, this is one of the books I’ve somehow managed to miss during my education. Though I’ve read Orwell’s Animal Farm, I’ve embarrassed English majors across the globe by not having read 1984. Forgive me, dear friends, I’m an idiot. Better late than never, though.
A few tidbits you might like to know about 1984: