George Orwell’s classic satire of the Russian Revolution has become an intimate part of our contemporary culture, with its treatment of democratic, fascist, and socialist ideals through an animal fable.
The animals of Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm are overworked, mistreated, and desperately seeking a reprieve. In their quest to create an idyllic society where justice and equality reign, the animals of Manor Farm revolt against their human rulers, establishing the democratic Animal Farm under the credo, “All Animals Are Created Equal.” Out of their cleverness, the pigs—Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball—emerge as leaders of the new community. In a development of insidious familiarity, the pigs begin to assume ever greater amounts of power, while other animals, especially the faithful horse Boxer, assume more of the work. The climax of the story is the brutal betrayal of Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: “But Some Animals Are More Equal than Others.”
This astonishing allegory, one of the most scathing satires in literary history, remains as fresh and relevant as the day it was published.
This is a classic novel that ties in with the Russian Revolution very much, so it helps to have a basic knowledge of that war. In it, some pigs that live on a certain farm begin to make rules for all the animals, but the rules don't all seem to apply to the pigs themselves. The book is interesting (not really what you'd calling gripping, but it's one of the best classics I've read), and it really shows how power is corrupt.
Edge of your seat book!
Orwell was an amazing author, and this is one of his best. Animal farm, while adding in historical information and a moral point, is a wonderfully written story, or fable, as some might say. I find the uprising of the pigs and the downfall of the wonderfull democracy very interesting, especially when portrayed through animals. While reading, or listening, I guarentee you'll be shouting to the characters, Don't you see what he's doing? Why don't you fight back?, and many other phrases. I highly reccomend this book.
One of Orwell's Best
This book is simply fantastic. The parallels in it between the animals and the Soviet Union are insightful and entertaining. My only complaint is the length of the book, I found it a little short.