A Reader posted a review at 2010-08-18 09:18:32.
Written as vilification to former Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, “Animal Farm” is a satire novella that exposes the errors of a totalitarian regime. The story revolves around a group of farm animals who under the influence of Old Major, an intelligent prized white boar (who represents Karl Marx), ousts their human owner through a (Bolshevik!) revolution and takes control of the farm. Under the philosophical mandate of Old Major’s “Seven Commandments of Animalism”, the farm animals attempt to create a Utopian farm in which all animals are to be equal. The early reform period showed great promise: food was plenty, labor was at a minimum, and liberty was open. However, things begin to change when Napoleon (a pig representing Joseph Stalin) and his pack of ferocious dogs (representing the KGB) takes leadership over the farm. Ruling the farm with an iron fist, Napoleon begins slaughtering animals that were suspected of cooperating with his exiled enemy, Snowball (a pig who represents Leon Trotsky). Under Napoleon’s psychological conditioning, none of the farm animals questioned his authority and they worked harder than they ever had with less food in return. Utopia was simply a fool’s errand. – “Animal Farm” is a social science masterpiece. Orwell’s method of persona association creates an entertaining read that embeds stark political and sociological messages. The literature paints a portrait that displays the paradox behind Marx’s ruling-class ideology: if it’s not the bourgeoisie in power, it will be someone else. Read “Animal Farm”, it will make you smarter.