Jamie posted a review at 2007-09-06 02:52:59.
Between 1984 and Animal Farm, Animal Farm is the better story.
Though more explicit in its portrayal of totalitarianism, 1984 seems to loose track of the plot more often than not.
Animal farm stays almost directly on track the entire time while still remaining entertaining and through its usage of the "cute farm animal" shtick actually makes the whole thing seem more real, odd as that may seem.
Likewise the animal's perspectives as they try to puzzle out where things went wrong are so well played that it's hard not to get extremely angry despite the unreality of the actual characters.
However, 1984 does have its moments, the relationship between the main character and the other 'deviant' is well done. And of course the image and pervasiveness of 'Big Brother' in the character's world is what made it a classic.
Both great books.