Description A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.
Animal Farm - Customer Choice by Tess van Brummelen I sometimes refuse to read books that are "too" popular. Animal Farm was one of those books everyone read during high school, but I'm happy I waited until now. At university, I had a lot of classes on marxism and a bit on the Soviet communist revolution, and I'm definitely able to appreciate Animal Farm better because of that. Animal Farm is a very powerful book, IF you acknowledge the masterful contrast between the oversimplified fairytale-like appearance (animals that talk) and the sociological/psychological message behind the content (good efforts by inherently good people with good intentions can be overthrown and twisted 360 degrees by the power-greedy that are able manipulate the masses). Still relevant now: go ahead and replace 'power-greedy' with 'Donald Trump'.