“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equals than others.”
-George Orwell, Animal Farm
George Orwell, as I’ve written about in a previous blog post, was one of the most important authors of the last few centuries. He is best known for his book 1984, a book that is still amongst the best selling books today though it was published decades ago. His impact has been immense and it isn’t uncommon to hear things being referred to as Orwellian in todays vernacular. After reading 1984 I heard about another lesser known yet critically acclaimed Orwell book. This book turned out to be Animal Farm (176 pages) a book written by Orwell and published four years prior to his famed 1984.
The book Animal Farm centers around a group of animals who overthrow the oppressive humans who reap the reward of the animals labor while they sit back and do nothing. The animals, now in control of the farm, begin to establish rules and values by which they will rule the farm. As this happens two pigs grow in popularity and leadership as they both aim to gain control of the farm. Eventually one of the pigs drives out the other and proceeds to lead the pigs into battle verse humans from a neighboring farm. Though the animas ultimately win, the corrupt leadership only ends up making life for the animals on the farm more miserable.
This books has some very interesting themes and perspectives but ultimately the books is an allegory of the soviet revolution. I did not know that going into the reading but discovered it over the time I read the book and it made the reading even more interesting. Being from a country like Venezuela, where a marxist socialist regime has brought the country to ruins, I can relate strongly to this book.
I loved reading this book and I think most readers would enjoy it as well!