I have a mixed relationship with Orwell. At times I greatly enjoy his works, and at other times (1984 I'm talking about you) I just can't bring myself to appreciate what are well known as classics. Luckily, Animal Farm is one of the ones I can appreciate.
for a Revolution, the animals at Manor Farm have had it with the way
they have been treated by their human owners. A rebellion breaks out
and drives the humans away from the farm and the animals take it over
for themselves. They all chip in to do the hard work, but as time
passes, certain animals raise themselves as leaders and begin
delegating, promising great hopes of tomorrow for the other animals.
More and more the perfect society morphs into what they used ot know,
with many of them being unaware of it.
These are animals, of
course we're going to like them better than a story about people. Who
can't be charmed by a horse who wants to work hard or a donkey that just
seems a bit gloomy. And I think it's a brilliant way of putting the
authors outlook on certain societies and government out there. And the
subtle way that it's done is most impressive too. The pigs have brains,
there's no denying that and it was interesting to see how Orwell used
them to present the change in power amongst the animals. I do think
Orwell was a bit unfair to some of the animals though; there should have
been a few outstanding cases amongst some creature other than the pigs,
just like there are a few outstanding people amongst an unfair
government as well.
Obviously this is based on the authors
interpretation of communism. But I think the bigger lesson, rather than
focusing on any particular government, is that when you have a group of
sentient beings, there are going to be some that want more power than
others, and no equality can exist in such a dynamic. No utopia will
ever be reached because of this trait of humankind either. It just so
happens it's represented by animals in this book. And this book isn't
very long. It doesn't even reach a hundred pages in my version which is
astounding when you think about how much detail and how many ideas are
packed into it. And it's presented well without feeling rushed.
Although I do have to say, I would have appreciated it being even longer
and more ideas being thrown out there. As good as it is, I definitely
can see it being even better.
A four and a half star book for
me. It's definitely a classic and presents a unique outlook on the
power struggles that exist in life.