By Chheng Sotharath
Taking into account the fact that books are pretty expensive in Cambodia, I can say that I’m quite choosy when it comes to selecting the books I want to read, and sometimes I read happen to read e-books instead. I am a bookworm too, but I don’t read all kinds of books. Besides fantasy, detective literary genres and textbooks, I like reading the kinds of books that have deep and meaningful insights as well as critical analysis of subjects that are useful for applying in real life situations.
The book that I am going to discuss here is a book called “Animal Farm” written by George Orwell in 1945, a reflection of events leading to Russian revolution in 1917 and Stalinist era of the USSR.
However, the moral story of the book is very useful and applicable to other countries as well. This is important for youths so they can start to understand the complication of politics, wherever they are.
The author was very creative, using animals as a form of allegorical commentary on the state of society, which made the story even more interesting and entertaining while instructing readers on morality, ethics and politics.
Animal Farm is a story about a revolution led and participated by the animals in a farm called the Manor Farm. One day Old Major, the eldest pig in the club, gathered all the animals to listen to a dream of his. Old Major explained that he had a dream that no human being would use oppression against the animals. Old Major told the animals to work hard toward this dream where everyone lived in equality.
When Old Major died, there were three more pigs handled the leadership of this revolution. One night, all animals managed to defeat the farmer, Mr. Jones, who was known as a dictator who oppressed the animals at his farm.
After the revolution, at first, Animal Farm seemed to prosper. However, as time passed by, the pigs who were leading the group began fighting one another for power and influence, and became dictators just like Mr. Jones. At the end of the day, despite all the efforts of many animals that had worked so hard and died along the journey to find equality for all animals, what they got was a principle “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”.
To sum up, this revolution that took lives and a lot of energy for years was just a stage of transition from one dictatorship to another.
I highly recommend this book for youths like me to read because this book will provide them wonderful ideas of how terrible and painful a journey of a group of ignorant members of a society can be, and how this affects the other members of the society. In addition, readers can also find out more and study the characteristics of each character in the story. is an amazing moral story to draw life lessons from.
Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.