A fairy tale or a nightmare? It all began with a dream by Major, a Middle White boar, of equality, and freedom from oppression. Maybe not in our life comrade, but eventually.
The dream brings a song. Intolerable conditions lead to revolution. As time passes things change; not exactly as planned.
There are two striking parts to this tale that stand out. First when Boxer is sent to the hospital and Benjamin reads the side of the van "Horse Slaughterer." Secondly there was a party in the farm house as the pigs were playing cards with the men, two aces of spades showed up. An argument ensues. Then the creatures outside looking in as they "...looked from pig to man and man to pig, and from pig to man again drew a realization..."
After the recent Dom Cum scandal (which one? a future reader might wonder) I wanted to re-read this book which I last read in school, probably 40 years ago. I finished it in an afternoon and find that it's just as true today as when it was written (late 1943, early 1944), and in modern Western democracies just as much as in the countries that we more traditionally think of as ruled by a small clique.
The price though... Did I really pay almost 8 pounds for paperback containing a short story stretched to 115 (smallish) pages? The founder of the publisher is quoted in the back as wanting to bring intelligent books at low prices to the intellectually hungry masses. The adjective "low" must have gotten lost somewhere.
Today, I read '' Animal Farm'' by George Orwell. A novella and very easy to read although the subject matter deals with political idealism along with commerce, corruption and the plight of the world facing up to communism. The truth is that many of these arguments can be used against most political systems. Throughly enjoyed this short read and would recommend it to most, as it works for both adults and children's, although on different levels. Excellent story written by a master in the style of an allegory.
I first read this wonderful story many years ago and I now give it to people as presents . The illustrations in this edition are good - although the story is so impelling that they are not really needed. I hope my grandchildren will appreciate its meaning and enjoy it.
I had to read this back in high school thats why I purchased it again now im older. Brilliant book for teenagers, I'd say kids too but the meanings of some things are shaded by the fact they are animals but non the less good story!!