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Review of Animal Farm 2

ONLINE BOOK CLUB by ‪Tony Official » 03 May 2022

Animal Farm 2 by Martin Knox is a political satire that was also written as a fable, just like George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Written as a follow-up to Orwell’s masterpiece, this novel talks about the continuance of the revolution of the animals. It is a jump from frying pan to fire, judging from the fact that the animals that were hoping for a better life after the revolution found themselves in the totalitarian hands of the pigs.

After the revolution spearheaded by Old Major and Napoleon many years ago led to the deposition and banishment of Farmer Jones from his establishment, the animals sat back, hoping to enjoy the fruits of freedom that took every drop of their blood, sweat, and tears only to find themselves in the hands of a terrible government where votes didn’t count and voices were not heard. But then, the animals realized what they had to do; they invested a lot of time, risk, and resources in educating themselves in science and learning. After a very long while, their quest for freedom from the pigs began with the rise of Arnold the bull.

As a follow-up to the great Animal Farm, I would say that the book really made its mark, considering the big shoe it had to fill. The description and imagination of the author to create scenes depicting animals going about their daily activities like humans were amazing. At some point, it felt like a science textbook because the author tried to drive home his points with his knowledge of chemical engineering, a course he studied at the university. This made the book more appealing, especially since the author has a lot of knowledge about science. Pain and freedom were predominant themes in the novel, and the way he was able to balance both is commendable. As a child, I had always hoped that the book Animal Farm would have a sequel. This book by Martin Knox fulfilled that fantasy.

The book had very few grammatical errors, a testament to good professional editing. However, the only negative thing about the book is that at some point, it turned into a textbook on climate change. With all of these very well-considered, I’ll rate this book four out of four stars. I couldn’t convince myself to give it any other rating other than this.

I strongly recommend this work of art to lovers of politics. People who enjoy reading historical-fiction novels and lovers of literature would be best suited for this book. This book is also recommended to science students. 

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WHO WILL CONTROL ANIMAL FARM?

After the revolution that brought the pigs to power, the animals found they were no better off, in the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945). How can the animals overcome their state of subjection to tyranny? Martin Knox continues the story in a sequel: Animal Farm 2. Will the animals achieve freedom?

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ANIMAL FARM 2 READING GROUP QUESTIONS

What are new themes in the Animal Farm sequel?

How did the Cold War affect life on Animal Farm?

What campaigns did the ‘peaceniks’ begin after collapse of the Soviet Government.

Historical figures are represented by major characters in Animal Farm. Could Dimitri and Algy represent contemporary political figures?

Could the Ravens represent any organisation? How did they assist the pigs?

Which nations are the superpowers in the story? What totalitarian characteristics did they have?

Which one of the animal characters is the most admirable?

Does the workers’ behaviour suggest that a work collective could succeed?

Must a commune or collective have a management class with elite rights?

Do the animals achieve liberation? How close do they get?

What possible causes of global warming do the animals consider?

Of the three emissions from combustion: heat, carbon dioxide and water vapour,which one do the animals consider inconsequential?

How do the animals explain increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: increased human emissions, dissolution from warming oceans? 

Which source of energy do the animals regard as putting most heat into the environment: coal, solar or wind?

Are climate scientists views presented as: honest; sacrosanct, flawed; gullible; compliant; corrupted or diverse?

Is the Caruban Government’s non-intervention in Animal Farm plausible? Could separatism ever succeed?How important are a commune’s goals in setting it up?

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ANIMAL FARM 2 – why a sequel?

It has been 75 years since George Orwell’s prescient satirical novel Animal Farm was published. A lot has happened since then: the Space Race; the Cold War; break up of the USSR; climate change; animal liberation; emergence of China as a superpower. 

Totalitarianism has been rife, as Orwell warned. The animals are in the midst of these changes, their lives perilously affected by the manoeuvring of their pigs and the superpowers. They learn pidgin English and science, realising climate science is flawed and requiring different action. A satirical sequel continues what Orwell started, bringing it to a logical, unexpected and optimistic conclusion.

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