Before I start the review on this book, I would like to ask your assistance in one of my school projects. I had to design a website with the theme Vienna, and the goal is to get as many views as I possibly can. So if you could spare a minute to check it out, I would be terribly grateful :) There is also a contact page where you can find my contact info so you can email me with suggestions or questions. Or you can do it here also :D So here it is: Vienna
And now, back to George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”.
When I started reading this book, I couldn’t help thinking about “1984″, another well known book of the author, and I had a feeling that I will see its ideas in this book also. And actually, a few main ideas were indeed there, only in a slightly different way. But it seems to me that the main difference between the two works is actually in the presentation.
The book tells the story of the Manor farm, where, due to the words of the wise pig Major, the animals rebel against their tyrant owner, Mr. Jones, and succeed in exiling him from his own land. After this, the courageous animals, led by the pigs, who were the smartest of the animals, try to run the farm themselves. They succeed in this also, even though the humans were sure of their failure.
But the well-being of the animals suddenly changes when Snowball, one of the leading pigs is chased away from the farm, and Napoleon, the other leading pig slowly becomes the one and only Leader. Things start to go downhill from there, with lesser and lesser food, more and more work, and public massacres of those who are claimed to be traitors by Napoleon. Even so, the animals don’t revolt against him, because they are brainwashed over and over every day by the words of Squealer, Napoleon’s right hand pig. And their ignorance and lack of initiation slowly leads to Napoleon becoming nothing more than a tyrant himself.
The animals, gullible as they are, believe that their hard labor is for their own good and that they are free. Sadly, the case is quite different, and they can feel that something is not right, but naive and not quite intelligent as they are, can’t quite decide where the problem is.
I liked this book, because it is indeed a great example of what a human community can become if the people are led by fear and ignorance, not willing to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. And it is quite amazing how someone with greater intelligence can manipulate a crowd so easily.
It is a good book, so I would recommend it, and it is actually quite short, unlike “1984″. Just to be clear, I really liked that book, but it was a bit too long and sometimes even a bit boring with the descriptions. But thankfully, the message came through.
Anyway, if you would like to read this one online, you can find it here: Animal Farm.
That’s all for now, and next time I’ll be talking about Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”.
Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)