Animal Farm by George Orwell

Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.

I read this book in one sitting, as it is extremely short. But wow, what an impact it had.

This book shows and mocks political systems in a way that is accessible and captivating. I found the plot of this book extremely interesting and the characters fun to read about. It was impossible to put down as you watched the equal, seemingly democratic system of the farm fall apart and become a very brutal dictatorship. Orwell mocked the idea of equality by demonstrating the destruction of a societies ideals in the form of the 7 commandments. We watched each commandment being broken one by one, to the point where a once seemingly fair and just society falls apart to become a regimented society run by the few elite.

Orwell demonstrated how masses can be manipulated and told what to believe or how to act so easily. It shows the overwhelming power a minority can have, which to me was fascinating. I loved reading further on and seeing everything coming apart.

After finishing this book I sat and did nothing but think for a half an hour or so, about how things could have been different if one animal had spoken out, or why the leaders behaved as they did. This book leaves you thinking, in a way I did not expect it to. It has left a big impact on me.

All in all this book was a really fast paced and enjoyable read. As my first Orwell novel I am extremely excited to see what else he has to offer. This was a 5 star read for me and something I think everyone should read. It shows all the problems of politics but in a way that is simple and easy to understand. It shows how easy it is to revolt, to manipulate, to be manipulated and much more.The writing is not overly difficult, but provides a satirical and accessible account of the downward spiral from democracy to the tyranny of a minority. Excellent.

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