By: Supriya Khadka
One of the main reasons people cannot complete their books is because of the length. They lose their patience along the way, and get bored. Well, not anymore because I am taking you on a short journey to a farm created by English writer George Orwell. ‘Animal Farm’, a novella written in 1944 which is merely 112 pages long, is one of the most well-constructed commentaries on World Politics. This book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free and happy. Were they successful? If they were, how did they do it? If not, why not? The best way to find out is to read the book.
‘Animal Farm’ is a treat for those readers who have a taste for satirical writings. Although the main characters in the books are animals, you will soon realize that they all feel too real, and that the book is not about animals at all. We have met or heard about the leader pigs Napoleon and Snowball, we all know the falsehood-spreaders like Squealer and the blind-followers like the Sheep; we have seen the hard-working and principled workers like Boxer; and in every ‘society’, there is an aloof character like Benjamin. You will meet all these characters in the book, and you will feel like you have seen all of them in one form or another.
The ‘events’ that unravel in the ‘Animal Farm’ are not new. They have happened in the past, are happening in the present and will happen in the future. Now, all of this may seem heavy, but the beauty of this book is that none of it feels burdensome. The writing is smart, humorous and fast-paced. The genius of Orwell lies in the fact that he uses animals to convey complex ideas. It would not be as funny as it is if there were humans, but since the characters are animals, you will find yourself laughing or perhaps in shock in many instances. Due to the catchy writing, you are bound to catch a few phrases from the book— phrases that are all too common even today. You will be able to spot a Napoleon or a Snowball after you are done with the book, and perhaps even inoculate yourself against a Squealer.
‘Animal Farm’ was banned in various countries after it was first published, and it still is in many of them. You will, without fail, figure out the reason behind this ban after finishing the book. We should know the kind of world we are living in, and this novella will give you an insight into that. And, mind you, I am not saying that this book is the absolute truth because it is not. The book, instead, emphasizes the fact that nothing is absolute, and you should read the book to realize that. You should read it to gain a perspective on people and society. You should read it because it is YOUR story, and all too often, the story of the World.
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