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Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Political Satire
Kindle Price: £6.17
This is such a well-known book already and I guess most of us had been required to read this at some point or another at secondary school. I’ve never finished it back then though! Only recently have I thought about giving this short read another try.
Orwell’s simple depiction of how the animals at Animal Farm drove out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves is a tragic fable of what had happened back in the Communist state of USSR. In slightly over an hour reading this book, it was as if all the memories of IGCSE and IB history on the Soviet Union came rushing back to me. The leaders of the revolution became the new oppressors, the puppies trained from a young age to only learn about obeying commands, altering the Commandments to suit the oppressor’s needs. Orwell’s allegory is strong and conveys a powerful yet easy to understand message on the disillusionment of Soviet Communism.
I particularly loved the ending.
Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.
The perfect summary to this political satire.
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