A Reader posted a review at 2008-04-11 01:29:35.
Animal Farm is a satire intended to make a mockery of the Russian Revolution (and revolutions in general). It serves its purpose quite effectively! Orwell is brilliant in illustrating that when people (or, in this case, farm animals) revolt against the system and overthrow their oppressive dictators, they often end up in a situation that was just as bad (or generally worse) than what they had to begin with (the grass always looks greener on the other side). The book also goes to show that true Communism (as Karl Marx envisioned it) can never work as, even if the people (or animals) are willing to work together towards a common goal, someone will always take control and abuse their power. The most amusing aspect of Animal Farm is that each character in the story is made to represent an actual individual or group in the Russian Revolution. I highly recommened this book to anyone with a keen understanding of political activism and a sense of humour!