This is a very entertaining book with strong political and social themes. Parallels are drawn between the animals on the farm, that rise up and throw out the human farmer and run the farm themselves, and communist Russia. They have great ideals and commandments, but these change over the years, and in the end the hypocritical pigs merely replace one form of dictatorship (human farmers) with another (themselves). The commandments are gradually changed, giving rise to one of the most famous lines from the book: All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
In is such a quick read, and very very clever. The language is simple, the pace is good, and I am so glad that I finally read this book!