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OH MY GOD! Just... Wow! This would have been the perfect Halloween read if you ask me. That ending gave me the chills! Terrifying!
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Wow, this book is amazing! Another favorite book of mine from the classics genre. If you ignored to read the summary (like me hehe) then you will think that it’s about animals who are being punished, used as slaves, and pushed-around by humans. Well, there is much more to that. It is actually a fable. It not only reflects to the previous wars in our history, but what the world is right now. This book is so powerful and sends out a message to the human race.

What exactly is the message? To start off, the story takes place in a farm, the Manor Farm to be exact. It is owned by Mr. Jones and he runs the farm with the help of his animals (which he treats cruelly). There was actually a point that he forgets to feed the animals for a day (I think he was just too lazy). Anyways, one of the animals, Old Major (a pig) had a dream and convinced his fellow comrades to overthrow Mr. Jones and rebel. The animals decided that all humans were their enemy and all animals were to be treated with respect and equality. The rebel was a success, but as time passes by, a lot of things changes, especially with the pigs. The rest of the animals were afraid to speak out what they desired and they let themselves be pushed to work in the labor.

To me, that is one of the message that Orwell is trying to give his audience; to make your voice heard and to not be afraid to speak up for others when they are right. Other lessons that I learned from this book are: to choose wisely, not believe in rumors, to strive your best, be confident with your goals and so much more. I will not say my reasons because I would just spoil the book for you. If you read it, you’ll understand what I mean, I promise.

Besides the message, you could totally see that as you read further in the book, there are a lot of character changes and development. Plus, Animal Farm is full of surprises. I was unaware of the events that would happen next and that’s one of the few things I look for in a book. I love making predictions, but most of the time (for this book) I was wrong and it left me surprised and amazed!

This book is really strong and I definitely recommend it to anyone. Even if it is less than 200 pgs. it’s filled with events that will tempt you to keep turning the page. Animal Farm is an easy read and took me only 4 days to read it (I could’ve read it in a more faster pace but I was watching the Olympics haha!) Clap clap clap for George Orwell!
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Four Legs Good Two Legs Baaaad!
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Reader reviewed by Michael Williams

Readers of this book might not know this, but Animal Farm is very political.  George Orwell was going to write it about Russian Communism, but he couldnt use the real names or people so he used animals.


Animal Farm is a short book about animals that are overworked and underfed by an abusive owner and his workers.  So they decide to take over the farm.  After the revolt, they write the rules of Animal Farm on the barn.  Soon after a pig named Napoleon wants all the power but another pig named Snowball is in his way.  Napoleon then runs Snowball out of Animal Farm and takes the total power.  He starts to change the rules, but will the other animals notice?  How far will Napoleon go to keep total power?


I think Animal Farm was a great book because it taught a lesson to the reader and showed how easy it is to manipulate the public.  George Orwell did a great job with this book.  This is a classic I think everyone will enjoy.

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A wonderful Allegory!
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Reader reviewed by Matt Hill

Animal Farm is a political novel and an allegory of the Russian Revolution. George Orwell wrote this novel to be seen in two different lights: as a children's story, and a narrative of the Russian Revolution. The animals take over the farm from the abusive humans, and run it on their own for a while, led by the pigs, being the most intelligent animals. But, the animals later they realize that they have been tricked; the Pigs have slowly and slowly taken over the rule of the farm, gradually becoming more and more like the humans they struggled to over-throw. An excellent read, especially in you know anything about the Russian Revolution! Read George Orwell's classic novel today!
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They're Taking Over!
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Reader reviewed by Zac

This novel may cause you to look at your pets with an air of fear. The farmer and his wife never knew the barnyard animals would overtake their farm, but it happened. The band of creatures, led by the pigs, devised a plan for the attack upon the humans. And as their scheme is accomplished, they must now learn to run a functioning farm that provides them survival.
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Not your average farm story
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Reader reviewed by linda

Ever wondered what farm animals are really like when their masters aren't watching? Well this book will tell you all about their shocking lives. This beautifully writen story is about the struggles of farm animals after they rebel and kick their master out of the farm. They form a community, spreading their ideals of compassion and equality between animals throughout the land. Things begin to turn ugly though once the pigs take control, slowly the equality diminishes and the pigs begin yearning for human comforts, changing their ideals, and in the end they learn to walk on two feet and do business with the humans (their enemies).
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Reader reviewed by Emily

Animal Farm is a metaphor for the Cold War, which was an extremely complex time in our world's recent history, and still affects us very much today. Consequently, the book itself is very complex and would only be worth reading after at least a basic understanding of the Cold War. I personally read the book in sixth grade for English class, and the general consensus (myself included) was that it was confusing and pointless. Of course, I now understand that this is not the case......Animal Farm is a work of genius, but I would not advise anyone to read it before high school.
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