This week’s book recommendation is Animal Farm by George Orwell. I know, I know. I recommended 1984 like a month ago. Even though both of these books were simultaneously banned in several countries, they are both great for their own reasons. Animal Farm is more of a novella at 112 pages, and was published first in 1945.
It is more of a political satire that recounts the events of animals wresting control of the farm they live on from the authoritarian humans. Of course, the social commentary comes in after this event when the animals must fend for themselves. They form their own social structure that creates its own problems. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Yeah, I’m sure you can see how great this turns out.
The historical references and social commentary within this book are funny while also concerning. It is crazy to think that human history has suffered through so much, but has not learned from it.
Because this book is short, I will refrain from mentioning too much about it to avoid spoilers. I believe this book will go into the public domain in the U.S. in 2020, but I know it is already in public domain in other countries. If you’d like to read it, I would not feel the least bit guilty if I provided to you a link to the book.
Animal Farm by George Orwell