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Animal Farm – Book review

Animal Farm - Book Review

Book : Animal Farm

Author - George Orwell

Genre Political satire

My rating : 5/5

Plot summary:

Summary taken from Good reads/Wikipedia:

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality.This is a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

The book talks about Animalism, in form of 7 commandments, which later get amended to suite the needs of the powerful.

Animalism

The original commandments are:

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall wear clothes.
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
  7. All animals are equal.

Thoughts:

One of the reasons I love classics, is that they are still relatable, to this day.
I loved the book, the short read depicted the current political status of all world, with the mindset of people who follow anyone who calls themselves a leader.

The idea of how people are blind followers of a leader is so beautifully depicted.Example of boxer, who just works and works without putting much thought into the situation,and is led to slaughterhouse when he can no more work, is exactly the human mindset today.

Or the situation where, no one bothers on a changed rule, until it starts to affect them, is also put into words.

Most importantly, the ideas and thoughts of how people can use power to change rules, tp change stories is written in simple words.

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