Genre: Classic Fiction
Page Count: 122 pages
Publication Date: August 1945
As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a
downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published.
As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.
I think this quote sums up the main concept behind Animal Farm:
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”
I can see why children reading this will think the story is all about a group of animals trying to live as humans on a lovely farm.
Hoooowever I can also see how the more politically inclined grown-ups might see this as a representation of a society ruled by power hungry leaders and uneducated workers.
This was a very quick and enjoyable read. I don’t think it’s the best book in the world, but I’m glad I’ve read it.