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8.05.2015

Book Report - Animal Farm

I'm plugging away at the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge and decided to next check off "A book with nonhuman characters" from the list. I realized it had been far too long since I read George Orwell's, Animal Farm, and decided to rectify that immediately.
Tired of serving man as their master, a group of farm animals revolt against their farmer and establish a new society of their own - one where "all animals are equal." It doesn't take long though, before the rules start to change and the pigs are claiming that yes, "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Soon their idyllic community starts to seem strangely similar to the oppressive farm they had worked so hard to escape. Animal Farm is a riveting political satire detailing the Russian Revolution and the rise of Joseph Stalin and the socialist/communist Soviet Union.

There are some books that I can read over and over again, never tiring of. Each read still feels as fresh and exciting as it did the first time around. Animal Farm is one of those books. The warning of the book, that age old adage - absolute power corrupts absolutely, still feels relevant today. This is a book that sparks discussions, which hopefully then sparks action, which hopefully then makes the world a little better place. This is a book I plan on reading aloud with my kids someday. It's an easy read yes, but more importantly a smart read. An absolutely great way to introduce kids to classic literature.  

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