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Name : Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Genre : Classics, Satire, educational animation

Pages : 93

Language: English

Publication Year: 17 August 1945

Is Review Spoiler: No

Awards : W. H. Smith and Penguin Books Great read of the Century award.

Rating: 5/5

—————————————————————————————————————————  Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock’s. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organized to benefit all who walks on four legs (four legs good, two legs bad). But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges……

Animal Farm – the history of a revolution that went wrong – is George Orwell’s brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of the power.

In this brilliant book ‘Animal Farm’ George Orwell’s shows the darker face the modern history. Animal Farm was published in England on 17th August 1945 and in 1995 it received the W. H. Smith and Penguin Books Great read of the Century award. This novel together with his 1984 (Nineteen eighty four) brought Orwell worldwide fame.

It is amazing that such a short story can be as significant and important in the history of the literature. You don’t have to be expert in politics and history to identify the symbols and myths in the book.  Initially the book was described as fairy tale, hiding its true connection with the Russian history.

I really enjoyed animal farm and it made me think about the life we live in today’s world. Many of the events described in the book can be traced back to the real world events. Orwell very cleverly described corrupting influence of the power. When you compare the events in the book with the world we live in today, I am sure you will find many links.Orwell investigates the evil of power, money, luxury and fear to bring us the tale of hunger and dictatorship.

Here Orwell shows, how a dictator (in this the book’ A PIG’) controls the media (by spreading the false information), how he creates the fear by forced confessions and public executions and puts his failures and internal problems on the back of foreign agents, how he rewrites history.

This second book I read of George Orwell, first one I read is 1984 and Animal Farm is second. What I came to know after completing the second book, George Orwell was a keen observer of the human nature.  This is the only book I read twice back to back in one sitting and you can read it as many times as you want because it is very small (93 Pages) and every time you read it, you will discover something new.

Orwell here describes very neatly – that how the Pigs used Animalism as an illusion to satisfy their greed and lust of power. How they change the law ‘ALL ANIMAL ARE EQUAL to ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL but SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS’.How the lust for power and greed can result in murders and brutality.

Over all a brilliant and a must read book. Go grab your copy and start reading it, if you haven’t read it yet.

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Name : Love, Life & all that jazz….

Author: Ahmed Faiyaz

Genre : Indian fiction

Pages :

Language: English

Publication Year: 2010

Is Review Spoiler: No

Rating: 3.5/5

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Love, life & all that jazz is set in Mumbai and it’s the story of five friends Tanveer, Sameer, Vikram, Naina and Tania. The story revolves around the five friends and there personal and professional life and twists and turns they face.

Tanveer – is hardworking, ambitious and belongs to the poor Muslim family. For him his family and responsibilities of his families comes first. He joins a financial firm with challenging job and a difficult boss. He falls in love with the Tanaz, the daughter of his Farsi landlord. Will Tanveer succeed in his challenging job? Will his family accept Tanaz, who belongs to the different religion? Will their love survive?

Sameer & Tania – is in love with each other since college days. they find it difficult to manage the long distance relationship when Sameer moves to UK for his MBA. Will their love survive?

Vikram & Naina – is fun loving, charming and affluent. Vikram falls in love with Naina – upcoming model. Vikram helps Naina to achieve her goal in life – becoming a successful model. Will Vikram take the pressure and growing popularity of Naina as super model positively or negatively?

This is the journey of life in a new India where these friends support each other and evolve through their experiences and missteps in Love, Life and all that Jazz……

The character development is very good and phase of the story is also good. You won’t feel bore or skipping some pages. There are some instance in which you will surely relate yourself in the story, – either it is college fun, college time love affairs, first job, difficult boss, long distance relationship etc.

The places described in this book are all familiar, you didn’t have to Google the names of the places to know – where it is and how actually it look like. the language is very simple and up to the point. there were some points in which the story goes in flashback in which the characters remember or tells their college time fun.

The flow of the story is kind of Bollywood movie like and ending is also kind a Bollywood movie like (I mean ‘Happy Ending’).  Ahmed Faiyaz has done the excellent job in his debut novel. I picked up this book from landmark when it is released, guess what I got book signed by Ahmed Faiyaz!.

Overall a very interesting and good read.

[P.S : Wish You All A Very Happy New Year 2011 ]

Tanveer

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