Animal Farm served as a physical milestone in my life. I first came upon this when I had to read and study it for year 10 English. So, in the summer of 2010, I fell in love with the animals (some) on this decrepit farm. I was inspired by their rise against the ugliness of humankind; I felt the sorrow of their losses; and I know this is the book that started my love for history, writing and politics.
Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four has been very well worn in my family. From my parents to my sister and I - and someday soon, my brother - this book was for us the original and ultimate dystopia. At times long winding and bleak, at others heartbreaking and anger-inducing, Nineteen Eighty-Four exercises the notions of control, liberty and love; all of which are key elements in a novel which allows one to think - what if...?
Highly recommended to everyone, and now I will go and read Animal Farm, again.