Books forced on me by my English teachers

Animal Farm - George Orwell

Phew, okay. This book was forced onto me by my lovely English teacher. History, first of all, is not my thing. I never get a good grade in that class and I don't like it. It bores me. So, needless to say, this book and the lesson that went along with it bored me.

Now, maybe it was just that I was forced to read it and I was forced to compare it and all the characters to the historical figures of the Russian Revolution. Maybe if I had come across this book on my own I would have actually liked it.

Except, I don't think that's how it would have worked.

I didn't like the way it was written, throughout the whole story I never felt like I knew the characters and probably because they never talked! I literally felt like they had no character. (perhaps that's why I kept getting them all confused. Snowball was Napolean at times and Squealer and Snowball switched places. And I could never remember the raven's name.)

The only time I ever felt emotion while reading this story was when Boxer was on his death bed. Boxer is by far my favorite character. Even though he wasn't intelligent and picked up on the motto 'Napolean is always right' I loved that he worked hard. And I loved that he was willing to do anything for the farm because he truly believed that it was a better place with Jones gone.


It takes a lot for books to get this low on my rating scale. I mean, even books that teachers make me read I can find something I like about them. Of Mice and Men was wonderful. The Diary of Anne Frank was moving. To Kill a Mockingbird is actually one of my favorite classics of all time. But Animal Farm was a different story.

Maybe I'll re-read it in a couple years and be able to grip a better understanding. Maybe I'll like it better then. I don't know. But for now, only two stars