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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.

Being a fan of Matrix trilogy, I always wondered about the Room No 101 in which Neo stays and the Number 101 also appears in The Matrix Reloaded when Morpheus, Neo, and Trinity first go meet the Merovingian.

So what is the significance of the Room No 101 in Matrix, why it so important?
I Googled “Room no 101 matrix” I found no of references to the “George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four”. So I bought this book a month back and start reading it last week.

This book (1984) is George Orwell’s classic science fiction novel which tells us about the future world, this book is written in 1948. The things which we have today for example, CCTV cameras every where we go, Mobile phones being taped, Hidden Micro Phones all these things which are remotely impossible in the year 1948 is described very well in this book.

You might have heard about the “Big Brother” , you might have wondered from where the word “Big Brother” and the concept of “Big Brother” came from, the word and the idea of the show came from this vivid and incredible book.

(Image Source : Wikipedia)

Nineteen Eighty-Four sets in Oceania, the book takes place in “Airstrip One”, the Oceania province which once called “England or Britain”. Through out the city there are posters of Big Brother bearing the caption BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. There were Telescreen (transceiving television) ubiquitously monitors the private and public lives of the population. The telescreen where installed in every home and every street, there is no place you can find without a telescreen. Every move and every word uttered is monitored and recorded by the Party.

The population of the Oceania is divided in to three groups namely :
1. Inner Party also known as Upper Class.
2. Outer Party also known as Middle Class.
3. Proles also know as Lower Class (who make up 85% of the population and represent the working classes).

The government ministries are divided into four parts, namely :
1. Ministry of Peace.
2. Ministry of Plenty.
3. Ministry of Love.
4. Ministry of Truth.

The story of Wintson Smith who is an literate thinker and a member of Outer party begins in the year 1984. He works as an editor responsible for the historical revisionism of the  Wintson Smith works involves correcting the prophecies of Big Brother, if say BB had said that tomorrow xyz companies shares will be profitable and if it won’t happens then he need to collect all the news papers of previous day and correct the prophecies and redistribute them and the old news papers will be sent to memory hole (a garbage collector).

The biggest crime in Oceania is Thoughtcrime, The Thought Police are the secret police whose sole job is to detect the Thoughtcrime and eliminate the members who is involved in the Thoughtcrime. If you think that BB is wrong and whatever he is doing is bullshit then you have committed a Thoughtcrime and punishment for it is death.

Wintson Smith is in grave danger because his memory still function and he maintains a secret diary which tells the actual event occurred in the past whose record are destroyed by the Party. He also joins a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood. Emmanuel Goldstein started the organization “The Brotherhood”, he is once top member of the ruling “Party”. The main aim of the “The Brotherhood” is the destruction of Party.

One day Thought Police arrests him for Thoughtcrime, for maintaining the Diary and joining the “The Brotherhood”. He is brought to Room 101 which is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love in which a prisoner is subjected to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia.

What happens in Room 101 changes the whole life and every thought of Wintson Smith. Even he believes that 2 + 2 = 5.
The main motive shown in this book is “If you control the thought of the person, then you can control him, according to the Party every thing exists in human thought, the universe, the stars and the Past.”

If you control the present the you can control the past because past exists only in written document.

I highly recommend this book for all the Sci-Fi fans and also for those who love classics.

Rating : 4.5/5.


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