“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
This is one of those books which I wanted to read since a very long time but always put it on for another day in hopes to read it at a pace when I can fully comprehend and take time to absorb the learnings.
Today was that day.
Animal Farm is a political satire by George Orwell published in 1945, representing events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. It’s so well written that the story still holds true and is relevant today.
It’s set in a farmyard where the animals decides to start a revolution to overthrow human control, seize the land and start a co operative to reap the rewards of their labour. At first, I thought this is about how selfishly humans mistreat animals forgetting that they have a life of their own. How animals looks at this injustice to them and a lesson for humans to do better.
But, this book is so much more than that.
It’s about power and how it corrupts people.
As animals gain control, some animals gain more power than the others. They give orders while the others toil. Rules are modified to suit their needs and absolute power corrupts and turn them into the monsters they intended to overthrow in the first place – making the animals questions if this is what they were striving for and whether their new found freedom is really free?
Animal farm is one of the best books I have ever read which merges politics and social issues so beautifully, which warns us about the mistakes we made in history and still continues to do today. It’s a well deserved classic!
If you haven’t read it still, I would urge you to give it a read and if you have read it already, tell me – how did you find it? What did you feel after reading it?
At the end of the book, I was just like – those bad, bad pigs!
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