Animal Farm by George Orwell

Genre: Political Satire

Published: 17th August 1945

Print length: 143 pages

Rating: 4.3/5

About the Author:

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), documenting his experience of working-class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, are widely acclaimed, as are his essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

About The Book:

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.

Review:

I remember sitting on the terrace back in my university days with a good friend of mine. I had just finished a rant about books. About how one loses himself in the story. How I grew up reading in my childhood and how it’s been so long that I haven’t been lost inside books for a long time. He asked me if I had read “Animal Farm”. I hadn’t. He did warn me that it messes with the mind a little.

Since we decided to review the books we already had and never got around to reading in April, this is the first book that I read. I still can’t decide what I feel about the book. Simply saying “Might is Right” does not cut it. I know the book was based on the events leading up to the Russian Revolution and then the Stalin era, but it was still a lot to absorb.

I feel no matter what I write, I can never do justice with the review. The book was very simply written and yet so powerful. It beautifully depicts how dirty politics actually is and how the people in power have the power to shape how people think and how they can twist history and facts to see what suits their needs. Even though the whole book was a euphemism for the society, my heart still bled for the animals and how they were used for personal gains.

I will not say much more about the book but I urge everyone to read the book. It’s not a long book and takes only a few hours to read. However, it stays in the mind for much longer. I finished it two days ago and it’s still weighing on my mind. I won’t say happy reading because it is not a happy book, but I will still ask you once more to read it.

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