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BOOK OF THE WEEK: Animal Farm

india Updated: Jul 01, 2006 12:55 IST
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Animal Farm
George Orwell
• Price — Rs 373
• Publication — Penguin


George Orwell’s Animal Farm is one of the few books which is a must read at period of time. It was written in 1945 and till date it remains perhaps the best political tale of all time. Any great literature remains fresh in the realm of time and can be read generation after generation.

This book too is one of them. It is the story of a revolution between the animals of a farm. The animals overthrow the human owners and the pigs take over the administration of a farm, and everything is great for a while, until the rulers get out of hand.

It is a brilliant description of what happens when a revolution goes off track. Orwell has described it in a very subtle manner. The best thing about the book is that it can be read and loved by young children as well.

Even though many young children may not understand the message in the book, but nevertheless, it makes for an enjoyable read for them as well. Animal Farm is often read as an analysis against Soviet communism, which it is and was undoubtedly meant to be.

Most actions in the book are clearly taken from the Russian revolution as all animals address themselves as ‘comrades’. The general nature of the story, however, is that after any revolution, some group will try to take regain power.

Some people will want to be politicians, and again establish a privileged class. Orwell’s profound distrust of political power comes shining throughout this tale. It is an intensely written book.

The best phrase in the book is the one that says — “the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” This is one legendary classic which should not be missed by anyone, be it the young or old.  

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