Author: George Orwell
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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.
Animal Farm talks about so many things, the most important being the rise of power and the transition from one person to another (animals in this case). The word ‘Freedom’ has been used multiple times in the history of mankind, and the meaning differs every time.
A bunch of animals at The Manor farm successfully manage to drive out the master of the house and the farm, including the workers. But they don’t know what to do with this new-found freedom and hence, emerges a leader, a pig who can guide these folks and help them manage the farm all by themselves. But there’s competition and jealousy, in midst of unimaginable problems.
Based on the rise of totalitarianism in Europe, the book gets extremely hilarious at times. The allegory is perfectly described using scenarios that are so relatable. The author has also captured a plethora of emotions, and each animal has been focussed on. The problems and the approach towards it by the leader of the farm have been presented in a satirical form. The leaders particularly catch the attention because on one hand, they sound like they are totally inclined towards the betterment of the farm, and on the other hand, they are working towards making their own life better.
The characters (Animals) felt like family and all the injustice done to these poor souls was heart-breaking. So much in the name of freedom.
The author created a masterpiece and he didn’t need 300 pages for it.