Synopsis: The animals on Manor Farm decide to rebel against their cruel owner Mr Jones.After the latter is ousted,the pigs,being the most intelligent animals,are elected as the leaders of the farm now called ‘Animal Farm’.If the farm is initially governed under a fruitful democratic system,it nonetheless slowly degrades into a ruthless dictatorship.
What you will like in ‘Animal Farm’ :
This book is among the simplest you will ever find.The little sentences and the short chapters render it accessible to even a 9-year-old kid.Also,such simplicity ensures that readers grasp the message of the book without any difficulty.
The size is another factor that distinguishes Orwell’s novel from other classics.The book is very straightforward and economical.Moreover,every single thing in ‘Animal Farm’ is relevant to its main theme,hence constantly reminding us of the moral underlying the story.
‘Animal Farm’ is a masterpiece simply because of its allegories.Everything before,during and after the Bolchevik Revolution is represented in this novel.In fact,the more you decipher the allegories,the more you’ll like the book.Even what may look like the pettiest of details holds a significance.(You can find all the allegories here.)And what I liked best about these allegorical connections must be the intelligent way in which they were developed by Orwell.For instance,in the book it is no coincidence if birds and humans both have two legs!Really ‘Animal Farm’ is the epitome of allegorical literature!
4.The narrative style
The book is narrated in the same manner as a fable.The narrator describes everything in a very clear fashion,as if we were kids.As a result of being treated as such,we read ‘Animal Farm’ through a kid’s eyes and are eager to know what happens next;we do not see the book as a sombre and boring classic that has an underlying moral.Maybe that is why Orwell chose a farm as the allegorical setting for Russia: he wanted to hold our attention till the very end and make sure that we have understood everything,and is there any other way to do so apart from using a setting that even the youngest of kids will be familiar with?
Verdict: Literature should be thankful to Orwell,for there is no other allegorical story as deep as ‘Animal Farm’.For this reason,this book is truly one of its kind and deserves to be read at least once in a lifetime.It defined an era,just like Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ defined the Napoleonic period.Yes: I rank ‘Animal Farm’ among the very best books we have ever had.