Orwell is very good at writing disturbing things, and Animal Farm is very disturbing. Strange, too, when you actually think about the situation—a farm run by animals who talk and read and write and trade with humans in nearby farms, all without opposable thumbs. And yet, Orwell brings it all together in a story that works, a warning fable and a glaring critique of government at its most corrupt. It is exceedingly frightening to read, especially while comparing the deteriorating social order of the animals to modern conditions in such countries as North Korea.
This is, without a doubt, a book everyone should read. It is, along with 1984, one of the best literary political commentaries out there, and one of its most disturbing characteristics is how well the criticisms hold today, nearly seventy years after its initial publication in 1945.