I chose Animal Farm by George Orwell as one of my 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge books. If you're curious as to the official rules and guidelines for this challenge, simply click here.
Fortunately, this book is also #564 on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list, so that's another book on that particular list I can cross off!
ISBN #: 0-451-52466-7
Page Count: 128
Publisher: Signet Classic
(Taken from back cover)
This remarkable book has been described in many ways - as a masterpiece ... a fairy story ... a brilliant satire ... a frightening view of the future. A devastating attack on the pig-headed, gluttonous and avaricious rulers in an imaginary totalitarian state, it illuminates the range of human experience from love to hate, from comedy to tragedy.
I vaguely remember reading this book while in the 7th or 8th grade, but I wanted to re-read it because I had forgotten the details of the story.
Essentially, there is a farm ran by humans. The animals are tired of the treatment by the humans and form a rebellion. They run the humans off the farm and take it over themselves, determined to have a better life on their own. They change the name of the farm from Manor Farm to Animal Farm as a representation of their new freedom.
Natural leaders form, commandments are made (then later modified), conspiracies, manipulations and bullying becomes a natural part of the animal's way of living. It's easy to see how Mr. Orwell's book could be compared to governmental rulers, in any country.
I rather enjoyed this book, but for the fantasy aspect of it instead of the political. It's easy to see how some animals would feel as those on Animal Farm did ... if animals could think, reason and act like humans can, that is. If you haven't read this classic in a while, I recommend giving it another go.