I am currently teaching Animal Farm to my students and I have become reacquainted with my old friend 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell. Over the course of my life thus far, I have read this book numerous times. I consider it to be one of my favorite. One of the things I love about this book is the simplicity of the story itself, but the complexity it houses as an allegory to rise of Stalin and communism post Russian Revolution. The symbolism as an allegory is pretty straight forward. The pigs (three different ones) (Floyd added a little nod in the title to Stalin's council, or perhaps you could view it as another nod toward the Yalta conference with FDR, Stalin, Churchill) represent Russian figures. Marx and Lenin is kind of represented by Old Major, Snowball is Trotsky, Squeeler represents the media, and Napoleon represents Stalin. I discover subtleties in his references each time I read it, but I only just realized another layer to the story. Quite frankly, Orwell was a genius. His criticism of communism and Stalin was deep, biting, and ingenious. It was hunger that led to the revolution on The Manor Farm. Farmer Jones came home drunk and forgot to feed the animals, and that small act sparked the revolution. Just like it was basically Nicolas II's neglect that led to the Russian revolution. His bloody response to hungry workers striking, known as Bloody Sunday, eventually led to his exile and the rise of the Bosheviks (most notably Lenin and Stalin). It was hunger that united the animals on the farm, and ironically, Stalin, represented by Napoleon (obviously Orwell added a little nod to the little French dictator), would come to be associated with starving his own people to death. I had never noticed that before. Right away, Napoleon starts hoarding the cows milk for himself. So this got me thinking, this book has so many different connections and interpretations. What are some of your favorites? Or what other books have you found yourself rereading at this level throughout your life? tl;dr - Orwell is teh awesomes. Animals eating stuff.