This George Orwell’s classic book is set around the fictional Manor farm in England. However, the Novella is a reflection of the Russian revolution of 1917 and the Stalin era. Did you know that Arthur Koestler’s best-selling, Darkness at Noon, inspired Orwell to use fiction as the genre to chronicle the totalitarian regime of Stalin?
Orwell, whose bitter experiences in the Spanish Civil War made him condemn and oppose totalitarianism, detailed his experiences in his book Homage to Catalonia. The book fared poorly, and Darkness at Noon, describing the same event, but fictiously, become a best seller.
In Animal Farm, Orwell uses innate human characteristics and cleverly fuses them with farm animals to describe the events leading to and after the Russian Revolution, the Great Purge and the rise of Joseph Stalin. With extraordinary writing that brings to light the flaws, hypocrisy, and deplorable conditions of an authoritarian regime, Orwell’s Animal Farm is a must-read.
An ex-colleague recommended this book and I can’t thank him enough. According to me, its a book everyone should read and its fairly easy to finish. I finished the book in a single sitting and would recommend it as an excellent pick for anyone who wants to start reading or cultivate reading as a habit.
My Review: 4.5/5