Monday, September 28, 2009

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm was published in 1945 by British author George Orwell. We learned that was a pseudonym for Eric Arthur Blair. This book criticized the Soviet Union so its release date was delayed until the end of WW2. The Soviet Union was one of England's allies.

The book had immediate success and sold out within its first month of publication. Orwell was a popular and experienced columnist and wanted to just publish Animal Farm as a pamphlet.

This novel brought together themes of the time which were politics, truth (that makes me laugh...truth and politics in the same sentence) and class conflict. These issues were a huge concern for Orwell.

Our class will be discussing allegory and fables. His messages from this 1945 publication are still relevant today and we will also be discussing this. We also learned that Animal Farm has never been out of print since its first publication!

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