I’ve never read this before, somehow got through high school without Orwell, and in fact I had no idea what this book was about. But I’m sure I’m not the only one who found it disturbing.
It’s a short novel that tells the story of the animals of Manor Farm who rebel against their human master Mr Jones. They rename the farm Animal Farm and so begins their freedom. However, what results is a new system of control, a new elite and ongoing (and probably worse) hardship for the majority of the animals.
While it is a story about animals, it really is a story of revolution, of totalitarian regimes, and absolute control. I was struck by how the animals forgot their history. How the rules kept on being re-written by the ruling pigs – many of the animals couldn’t read so there was confusion about this.
Wow…what a creepy look at power systems and politics. It makes you think.