Animal Farm

Animal Farm - George Orwell I'm not actually going to write a review, as such. What could I say about this peerless book that hasn't been said before? As a satirical allegory and analysis of human power structures it is the most perfect book I've read. I first did so when I was thirteen or so and didn't really understand the historical/political context but I was still gripped by the power of the storytelling, reading it in a single sitting, and have revisited it numerous times since. You couldn't change a single word to improve it.

So why bother to add words to the 40,000 Goodreads reviews? Because I noticed that it's Goodreads rating is under four-stars. 3.89. What? How is that even possible? A quick comparison - 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' (4.62), 'A Storm of Swords' (4.54), 'The Hunger Games' (4.33), 'American Gods' and 'Kafka on the Shore' (4.14)... I despair for the future of the book...