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Animal Farm by George Orwell


Published in England in 1945 and in the U.S. in 1946, this poignant novel is believed by some scholars to be an allegorical portrayal of communism and the rise of Joseph Stalin in pre-World War II Russia. Though the interpretation of Orwell’s intent is debatable, the quality of his writing and imagination is evident.

Animal Farm, at face value, is a simple story of anthropomorphic barnyard animals that revolt against their human caretakers. The uprising is led by a pig named Napoleon who trains newly born puppies to be his “secret police.” Over time, Napoleon becomes a tyrant and the social injustice the uprising hoped to quell becomes worse than before the “revolution.”

This short and powerful story has been included in Time Magazine’s top 100 best English-language novels, the Modern Library List of Best 20th Century Novels and is routinely required reading in many high school and college literature courses. Though this book has gained many literary accolades, it’s still a fun read without becoming preachy or overly moralistic. Highly recommended.

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