A Reader posted a review at 2010-03-22 10:24:06.
It was a summer evening in the English countryside. A flight of pigeons was returning to Animal Farm from one of the neighboring farms, bored of recounting endless tales of the Rebellion and leading rounds of 'Beasts of England' and tired from racing one another home. A beautiful checkered hen named Kim was out front, in a hurry to get home to her hatchlings. She hated to leave them very long for fear that Napoleon's army of dogs might somehow reach them in the coop. She wasn't afraid of much, but the thought of the dogs' snarling faces sent her soaring even faster through the sky. The only thing that scared Kim more than the dogs were the local farmers. She must remember, "Four legs good, two legs bad." Kim's musings were interrupted as Buddy, a fledgeling, came hurtling out of a tree and bumbling into her path. She slowed to keep from running into the young bird and warned him to be more careful. Just then she heard a faint croaking from below. it sounded like, "I will work harder." Kim looked down and saw Boxer, the cart horse struggling with a load of stone for the windmill. Poor Boxer did not look well. She wished that he would stop working so hard and take it easy until he could retire but he was determined to finish the windmill once and for all. Sometimes Kim wondered how it was possible that the animals worked so hard but never seemed to get ahead. Of course Squealer said they were doing better than they had while Jones owned the farm, so that was something at least. She vowed to talk to Napoleon tomorrow and see what he thought should be done. After all, as Boxer always says, "Comrade Napoleon is always right." Suddenly Kim heard a loud roar below her. It was Boxer! He had fallen over and all the rocks had poured out of his cart and were sliding down the hill. The poor horse was lying on his side and crying out for help. What had happened! One of the pigeons yelled that he was sure that he had seen Snowball dashing away from the scene of the accident and heading for Mr. Frederick's farm. Quickly Kim and Buddy raced toward the barn to tell Clover and Benjamin what had happened to their good friend. Before reaching the barn, Kim saw Squealer trudging that direction with a ladder and a bucket of white paint chanting something about some animals being more equal than others. She was about to call to him when he looked up, saw the pigeons, then quickly dashed behind some trees. Now what was he up to? Never mind that, she had to help Boxer! The birds flew low over the barnyard and yelled the news. Many of the animals started running toward the knoll to help Boxer. Kim felt better already. She felt sure that the animals would help Boxer and that Comrade Napoleon would make sure that he was treated by a veterinarian. The Seven Commandments painted on the barn wall were a great reminder that they were all friends. Life could be difficult on Animal Farm but Napoleon insisted that things were better under Animalism. Kim headed to the coop to see her hatchlings and thought to herself, "If Comrade Napoleon says it, it must be right!".
This is a wonderful book and satire on totalitarianism. Read it!