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?
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.
In a sequel to Animal Farm published on Amazon, Martin Knox has continued Orwell’s satire with an update that includes the Cold War, global warming, animal liberation and continuing totalitarianism, up to modern times. Global warming is carefully explained within a shifted paradigm of climate science and a novel reinterpretation of superpower ambitions. The animals have studied science and their questioning uncovers flaws in the pigs’ reasoning.
George Orwell’s book Animal Farm was published in 1945, correctly anticipating the Space Race and the Cold War. Animal Farm 2 by Martin Knox recollects Soviet events that followed and updates Orwell’s satire of totalitarianism in his 1949 book ‘1984’ up to modern times, with the focus on energy and global warming. The book sends up world climate politics in the superpowers, as they jostle for position in a global Reduced Energy Deal. Despite ruthless control by the pigs, the Farm animals learn climate science and discover there are flaws that require a paradigm shift away from renewable energy. Will the animals seek liberation and overthrow the pigs? The animals’ analysis of global warming is a hard-hitting, meticulously scientific, accurate and carefully explained satire.