Books Similar to Animal Farm
Although each of these books are very opinionated regarding the politics during the Russian Revolution these are great to read because they are from different perspectives of the event and gives good insights. While reading these, if you choose, you don’t necessarily have to agree with the multiple points made through the book.
Here below are two books researched that are very similar yet different to Animal Farm, whether it being a different perspective or different opinion it’s worth the while to read about them.
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
The story is set in the point of view of a man by the name of Rubashov who is currently in prison during the Russian Revolution who doesn’t know the reason being for him getting arrested. During his time in prison he makes a friend who is in a cell adjacent communicated through a specific tapping code on the wall. Later on in the novel when Rubashov discovers why he has been placed in prison by an old war friend,Ivanov, Rubashov is dismayed at the fact that the party is suspicious of him because they that he is conspiring against them and has to prove his innocence but the only way out is to write a confession of his conspiracy but then denies and is left in prison. Due to the fact that Rubashov and Ivanov are very intellectual people and based off of Rubashov’s Marxism beliefs, Ivanov hopes that Rubashov will give in and write the confession. Other members believe the only way to get the confession out of Rubashov is through torture, mentally and physically, and that’s what they proceed to do until both the party and Rubashov finally decide on what truly happened.
This is very similar to what happened in Animal Farm because it is based upon the time during the Russian Revolution, but in the perspective of an inmate and provides different ideas on politics .
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
A group of students are in a futuristic world, also known as the World State, getting a tour of the London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre where they learn about new and exciting things. It is explained that every human being is grown inside of a bottle and then once they have reached a certain stage they are brainwashed to believe certain morals and ways of thinking. Every person is born to do their part to help the economy remain stable. It doesn’t matter what their job is, it just has to get done. Taking a narcotic called soma is very common for people to escape reality and a big ethical ground where everybody stands and has to abide by is the saying “Everyone belongs to everyone else.” Meaning that sexual intercourse is very common/casual and when somebody offers you have to accept. At the end of the tour is when the explanation of how the society came about in the specific manner. In a nutshell, the world was gradually falling apart and the whole world all said “Oh we can’t take this anymore! Please take away all our liberties and individuality in the name of universal stability!” After the tour is over then gives a little more detail about the different daily lives of how everybody copes in the new society.
Although this story isn’t during the Russian Revolution time period like Animal Farm and Darkness at Noon, it still gives insight on different morals and politics of everyday people and how they cope with it all.
If Animal Farm and these other books presented have intrigued your interest and want to further explore the author, George Orwell, below are other books he has written below.
Other books by George Orwell
-Down and Out in Paris and London
-Homage to Catalonia
-Coming Up for Air
-The Road to Wigan Pier
-A Clergyman’s Daughter
-Shooting an Elephant