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Book Talk : Animal Farm

IMG_20160801_125157Hello everyone! How have you all been? Well, a lot has been going in my corner of the world. New semester started this Monday (agh!) and while it’s not that bad, it does means that I will be busy again. Don’t worry, I am not ditching the blog,hey. *laughs*

So I recently finished reading Animal farm by George Orwell. I know it’s a classic and that most of you had it in your school or college (or read it anyway). I had this book on my TBR for far too long. I picked up ‘Animal farm’ and ‘God of small things’ before starting on a 50 hours long journey and the time flew so fast.

Let’s get to know a bit about author first, shall we?

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the 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.

I came to know about him after I read an article on him. I was surprised to find out that he was born almost 80 kms from my own city. His father used to work in the opium department of the British Indian civil service.  Animal farm was published in 1945.

 

Plot:

“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

Revolution is in the air at Manor Farm after old Major, a prize boar, tells the other animals about his dream of freedom and teaches them to sing “Beasts of England.” Mr Jones, the drunken farmer, is deposed and a committee of pigs takes over the running of the farm. The animals are taught to read and write, but the dream turns sour, the purges begin and those in charge come more and more to resemble their oppressors.

Orwell’s allegory of the Soviet revolution remains as lucid and compelling as ever. In beautifully clear prose, he gives us a vivid gallery of characters and a fable that conveys the truth about how we are manipulated through language and the impossibility of finding heaven on earth.

What I thought of the book :

The book was just about hundred pages long so I could finish it in one sitting. It was very entertaining. The book has its puns and jokes. The first half of the book is a jolly read as you see animals of Manor farm staging a historic revolution. The animals form a sovereign  and are happy. They have commandments for their affairs and a division of labor. It’s a dream state of any country. Then as you read further, you see how power corrupts relationships and fails the whole purpose of the revolution.

Funnily enough, this book took me to a philosophical state and I was trying to relate the events of book to our day to day politics and system of governance. I questioned ideologies, role of media in spreading information (or disinformation) , I questioned the laws and the make-and-break use of these laws in our daily lives. It also made me realize and relate just how power destroys you , corrupts you and turns you against everything you have stood for.

I would definitely recommend this book to all of you. In an age where privacy of citizens is at stake, where media decides who wins in the game of politics, this book is a must read!

Okay, I know not many of you would like me to get all serious and philosophical so here comes the rating:

Characters : 5

Plot: 5

Pace: 4.5

Overall: 5

 

So,Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

If you have read 1984 by George Orwell, let me know what you thought of it. I’m gonna read it soon!

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