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Publication Date: March 15th 2011 (first published 1945)
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Genres: Classic, Fiction
Part of Series? No
Goodreads Blurb: As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.
Before starting this book, I knew that it is about Russian revolution, about which I know nothing. But, I didn’t even tried to know about it and was just relied on the book itself. I believed that being a classic and of a different era, it will be difficult to read and understand, but to my contrary believe, it was funny, entertaining and a perfect satire.
Storyline and Writing
I really enjoyed the overall journey of Manor Farm becoming the Animal Farm and then converting back to the Manor Farm. The story is about a farm where all the animals took over the farm by pushing out the farm’s owner. Now pigs were the head as they were acknowledged as most intelligent animals there. They completely turn over the whole farm into their own home, and just relaxed while other animals worked hard to survive. As the others were too foolish to realize the plans of the pigs, at last, they were just workers and the pigs were their masters. The pigs collaborated with humans once again at the end, while it was the reason in the first place that the rebellion started.
It was a fast paced story. During each part of the chapter, you can easily relate to the fact that it is totally a satire on humans (I would keep the Russian revolution out of this and would try to compare it in current situation of the world).
The writing was simple and up to the mark. It made me think at each point that how humans take advantage of each other for their own benefits. How the weak and poor ones are sacrificed for the sake of rich and stronger ones.
Perception and Impact
We humans want to reach on top whatever it takes. The person on top continues to take advantage of his position and the people lower to him keeps on working (like the other animals on the farm). The lower ones think that they are not so capable of creating new strategies and plans, so top ones are always right. If someone is doing any good but is competition to others, then they try to force him out of the system (like what happened to Snowball). Strategies are laid out, weak ones are sacrificed, just for the sake of their own good.
This story can have a different impact and different meaning for each one of you. But for me, it was a perfect political satire. Truly a master piece by George Orwell.
Definitely would recommend to:
- All the classic lovers
- Fans of Political genre
- Readers who like to read realistic fantasy (I just made that up)
- Readers who like to read realistic fiction but in satirical form.
Animal Farm by George Orwell is an entertaining and enjoyable read with fast paced story and easy writing. Truly a master piece with perfect satire.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.
Have you read any other book by George Orwell? Which is favourite?
What do you think about my first review on the blog?