The Writing On The Barn Wall

     
     I graduated from a public high school in 1974.  I obtained my A.S. degree two years later.  Somehow, though, I never encountered
Animal Farm in any of my classes.  When the book popped up as the first selection for Barbara Curtis’ book club, I jumped at the chance to read it.  The book, originally written to mirror what was happening in Stalinist Russia, is timeless.  The clever writing and biting humor in this story can just as easily apply today wherever freedoms are disappearing.  At just 141 pages, it is a quick, but compelling, read.  Aaron, my homeschooled high schooler, will find this in his own reading basket tomorrow. 
(* * * * *)   (Note:  Several folks suggested that I might want to read  Atlas Shrugged , as well.  The fact is, I had already put that book into the reading basket for this year!)
      Barbara is hosting a chapter by chapter discussion on her blog.  If you want to participate click on over.


     Please read this post and this post for more information and to understand why I think it is so vitally important that you are reading!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

Be Sociable, Share!

14 comments to The Writing On The Barn Wall

  • I haven’t read that since highschool.  I didn’t like it then; I can’t remember if I understood or if the politics went over the top of my head in the face my teenage reaction to “but that’s just not fair!” but I also haven’t wanted to find out if I was justified or not! 😉  I do remember that I hated “Lord of the Flies”, another required reading.  It was a horrible book, and I think at 13, we were too young to read it.

  • I went all the way through high school and college without reading this book, also.  There are SO MANY great opportunities for discussion, aren’t there?  One thing I noticed in particular is that the dim-witted animals were SO easily led to believe whatever the wily ones suggested.  Let us be wise as serpents and gentle as doves…

    ~Connie

    http://www.smockityfrocks.blogspot.com

  • Cheryl –

    Love your title! 

    barbara

  • I am always challenged by your reading! I have tried for years to keep up and have not managed to yet, but I am none the less reading more than I would if I didn’t feel friendly competition with our reading lists!

    Thanks for the kick in the pants!

  • I read this many years ago as well, and I think I remember feeling smug about our system of government and thinking about how glad I was that this couldn’t happen here. How silly I was. Power hungry people will always try to make themselves gods. And there are, and will always be, power hungry people in any society. All they need is an ignorant population to lead…

    God Save America.

    Jennifer

  • I read this many years ago as well, and I think I remember feeling smug about our system of government and thinking about how glad I was that this couldn’t happen here. How silly I was. Power hungry people will always try to make themselves gods. And there are, and will always be, power hungry people in any society. All they need is an ignorant population to lead…

    God Save America.

    Jennifer

  • @Seraphima – I’m glad that you find encouragement to read here, but don’t ever feel like it’s a competition.  Well……….unless that is what motivates you!   I encourage reading because I know, from my own experience, that it is good for you, just like eating your veggies. 

    @jmjr4all – Well spoken, Jennifer!

  • I remember reading it in high school also.  Not one of my favs, but sure beat The Canterbury Tales (ICKY ICK ICK ICK).  I MUCH preferred “Tale of Two Cities” and “Great Expectations.”

  • I’m planning on rereading Atlas Shrugged very soon.  It’s a BIG book so it may be what I’ll begin for the summer.  I’ve been telling Christopher how much I love that book.  I just skimmed over the long section where Ayn Rand has her main character give a rambling lecture about how his (her) philosophy.  Otherwise, it is one of my favorite books ever read… very timely in today’s world.

    Congratulations on the new member of your family.  I keep asking Stephanie if there is an announcement soon.  This is the longest she has gone between babies as Matthew soon turns two.

  • Cheryl, it is definitely just a fun thing with me. I enjoy trying to keep up and see how close I can get. I am always spurred on by how much you do in your home and land and still you manage to read and craft and I complain of how little time I have when I have only a small yard and shorter growing season. In short, it’s an inspiration and motivation to me.

  • @BrendaKayN –   I’m looking forward to reading it.  Dani is reading it now, so I’ll have to wait until she’s done.  She’s moving along at a pretty good clip!  Atlas Shrugged is a BIG book!!!

    @Seraphima – I’m glad the fun is in the doing!  My reading is really done in fits and starts.  I’ve been moving through books at a pretty good pace so far this year, but soon we’ll be working outdoors until almost bed time and my reading will slow way down. 

  • How funny! We *just* finished this book in our homeschool this week!

    (and our copy only had 94 pages!)

    I haven’t tried Atlas Shrugged, but that’s because my 31-year old son (I.Q. 151) says that he has tried to read it three times, and failed to get through it. I wonder why… Please post after you read it!

  • @barbieheart –  Dani (my 25 year old daughter) is about half way through it.  She says she’s enjoying it, but feels like the reading is going quite slowly.  You KNOW I’ll post after I’ve read it, but it’ll be awhile!