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Emily St. John Mandel: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Emily St. John Mandel

Describe your latest book. My new novel is called Station Eleven. It's about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North... Continue »
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    Station Eleven

    Emily St. John Mandel 9780385353304


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Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm

Tmackyt, March 9, 2011

This is Why I Read
Animal farm is Georges Orwell’s interpretation of the Soviet Union pre and during Stalin. Instead of wring a history book with his thoughts of communism he tells the same story with animals and ties it all up with a message. The best part is he is simplifying the whole story not to dumb it down but to make it more understandable. The premise is that animals rebel against their farmer and make the first farm run and operated by animals.
George Orwell’s Animal Farm is pure genius. I have never experienced a better way of communicating a complex idea and translating it better than George Orwell did in Animal Farm. This book is a joy to read I can honestly say that I have never been so hooked on a book more than Animal Farm. The only problems I had with the book came from me.
The biggest problem I had with this book was that there are so many loose ends. Through many situations I didn’t know if someone was actually a bad guy or as an example if Napoleon was just lying. I still feel like I got the gist of it but I’m still unsure. Most of that comes from me not knowing the history. I don’t know the context of the book, but that was minimal compared to how much I loved the book. Plus through all that I still got the message.
As much as the book confused me (which was minimal) I still understood more than 90% of it. The way he described it I feel pretty informed about what happened. I can’t get over the way George decided to write the book. It’s just so smart the way he used animals to represent certain characteristics. It just blows me away how smart the whole thing is. I really want to give him credit for the story but it’s not really his. The way he interpreted it and made it relevant to a farm is just great. The best part to me is I can see all this playing out in the real world. This is the first book I feel I’m going to re-read.
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