Animal Farm by George Orwell. Harcourt, Brace and Company. 1945.
I found this book to be one of the greatest books ever written mainly because it’s timeless. I appreciate how the book is easy for anyone to relate to but also because it’s so thought provoking.
The book has a dual purpose, it can be read as a fable to young children and the message they would receive from it would be that of greed, unity and fairness. The older readers of the book would gain a similar message from it yet their message will largely relate to the politics of our country, and various countries that play the roles of the animals in the book.
A good book, in my opinion, is one where the reader can relate the characters in the book to characters in reality. I recall reading this book in Grade 11 and obtaining a meaning from it. But upon reading it while in university, I could assign the different themes to the world that I am living in, from the book.
I had a discussion recently about the set work books given to students in high school and how difficult it is for students to relate to Shakespeare but the same thought does not apply to Animal Farm.
I will make it a point to read this book again when I work one day and I am positive that I will obtain new perspectives from it.