First published in England on 17th August 1945, Animal Farm is the imagining of a farm run by the animals after having overthrown their owner, the tyrant Mr. Jones.
According to Orwell this book reflects the events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then onto the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union.
There is one particularly chilling quote from the book; “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”
Orwell portrays the communist take over very well indeed, taking us through a number of events from the animals agreeing to overthrow Jones, to the pigs rise to power and corruption.
Not bad for a book I once thought was a children’s story huh?
It’s not a very long story, but it is packed with events and all of the animals have their own personality and part to play. As usual for Orwell, it’s very well written with an easy reading pace.
Highly recommended, I would suggest that if you’ve never read it you go grab yourself a copy. This is a piece of intelligent literature that won’t take you a lifetime to read.