This week’s Wonder is-
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
Mr Jones is the owner of Manor Farm, which is a large, relatively calm place. Old Major, an aged boar, interprets his dreams to all his fellow farm animals- he is going to die soon and that animals must break free from the exploitation of man. He soon dies, and in the wake of his death, Mr Jones has a drunk, irresponsible episode and he forgets to feed his livestock. The Rebellion which Old Major spoke of goes from a tentative future to a present conflict. The pigs (the most intelligent animals) take charge and work towards making everything equitable and self-sustaining. While things seem to move along fairly well, soon the Rebellion takes on a horrible turn. The ideals are corrupted, abolished and eventually, forgotten altogether.
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.”
“Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse–hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life.”
“He would say that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner have had no tail and no flies.”
“Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.”
“This, said Squealer, was something called tactics. He repeated a number of times, “Tactics, comrades, tactics!” skipping round and whisking his tail with a merry laugh. The animals were not certain what the word meant, but Squealer spoke so persuasively, and the three dogs who happened to be with him growled so threateningly, that they accepted his explanation without further questions.”
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
- George Orwell skillfully combines historical parallels and animal characteristics to create a novel that will have any history buff drooling.
- We read so much about how great rebellions are and how they liberate people, and so on. Most books that cover such topics don’t really go beyond the lovely twilight period that follows such rebellions. Animal Farm shows us the actual aftermath of sudden political climate change.
- While any reader who is familiar with the Russian Revolution will definitely find the book much more enjoyable, it’s not necessary to know about it to understand the book.
- George Orwell’s satire is both flawless and liberally sprinkled throughout the book. Sprinkled with satire? More like marinated in it.
- Animal Farm has some of the best quotes ever.
I hope you enjoyed the review! Please let me know your views in the comments.