Hello Family, It's been a minute since we've read together, and there's no better time than the present for us to begin again! Book of the Month for December, 2004 Animal Farm by George Orwell Click Here To Get The Book Online - FREE - Animal Farm WHEN: Every Thursday @ 8 pm ET WHERE: Destee Voice Chat Room BOOK DESCRIPTION Animal Farm (1945) - satirical allegory of the Russian Revolution, particularly directed against Stalin's Russia. Led by the pigs, the Animals on Mr Jones's farm revolt against their human masters. After their victory they decide to run the farm themselves on egalitarian principles. Inspired by the example of Boxer, the hard-working horse, the cooperation prosper. The pigs become corrupted by power and a new tyranny is established under Napoleon (Stalin). 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.' Snowball (Trotsky), an idealist, is driven out. The final betrayal is made when the pigs engineer a rapproachement with Mr Jones. The book was originally rejected for publication by T.S. Eliot in 1944, but has gained since its appearance in 1945 a status of a classic. - Film adaptation from 1955 was a faithful rendition of Orwell's original work, but watered in the end the satire, and presented a socialist viewpoint: the system is good, but the individuals are corruptible. HOW OUR ONLINE BOOK CLUB WORKS We meet every Thursday @ 8 pm ET, and everyone that has a copy of the book is welcome to read portions of it to those present. This allows for everyone to have benefit of "reading" the book, even if they don't have it in their possession, by listening to it be read. We generally read for about an hour, but oftentimes the book is so good, we aren't quite ready to stop! We take turns reading, and if time allows, we may discuss what we read during each weekly book chat session. While this book has been chosen for the month of December, 2004, we will read it until we're finished, even if that requires us to go into the next month. Everyone is encouraged to post to this thread, their thoughts, opinions, etc., regarding the book as we progress through it. If you've already read this book and would like to share your thoughts of it, you are welcome to do so in this thread as well. Please Join Us! Destee . . .