Author: George Orwell
Publication: Fingerprint Publication
How did I come to read it:
I saw it in my amazon recommendation and impulsively bought it. No regrets though.
It is about:
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
This book is about animals from a farm in England revolting against their master and getting their much-wanted freedom and getting enslaved again, though unaware. Only this time the face of power has changed.
However, it is no Aesop’s fable. It is not just a story of group of rebellious animals but in a wider picture, it is a satire on fascism and totalitarianism. It is an allegorical story representing the Russian revolution where the characters represent important people of that period.
Mr. Jones, the owner of Manor/Animal farm represents Tsar Nicolas II. Old Major, the boar, who encouraged the animals for the rebellion, represents Karl Marx or more accurately Vladimir Lenin. Snowball and Napoleon who carried forward the teachings of the Old Major and were responsible for the revolution, represent Trotsky and Stalin respectively. And all other farm animals represent the human beings fallen prey to Stalinism.
My favourite character:
I have two favourite characters from this book.
First is Snowball, a pig, who unlike Napoleon thought about the welfare of all the farm animals and believed in communism. He fought bravely in the Battle of Cowshed but all his hard work and glory were stained by Napoleon. Unfortunately, the very animals he fought for believed that he was a traitor.
Second is Boxer, the horse. He is naïve, innocent, belongs to the working class who blindly trusts Napoleon and his preaching and strongly believes that he can work harder to improve his situation. Boxer’s two favourite maxims were- “I will work harder” and “Comrade Napoleon is always right”. Though this character has a flaw yet his naivety is heart touching.
My reading experience:
Honestly at first, I couldn’t figure out the reference to which it was written by Orwell. But the axe and sickle sign on a pig in the cover page said it all. It is an easy-going book and can be comfortably read in a sitting. Kids attempting to read this book might understand the story but not what it tries to represent.
What I don’t like about this book:
There is absolutely nothing that I don’t like about this book.
A must read I would say. I loved the book and what it tried to portray was clear. Though this book is banned in some places, if it is not banned at your place, grab a copy and read it.
My star rating:
So that is all for this book.
If you have read this book, comment on your favourite character . If you haven’t, when are you planning to read it?