Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm is a short book that is packed with political allegories. In this dystopian novella, Orwell tells the story of a tyrannical farmer who is ousted by his animals. The animals continue to run the farm. The work is evenly distributed, and the animals are happy. But as time wears on, the pigs, who are the intellectual leaders, begin to accumulate more and more power. They convert the farm from a democracy to a tyranny that is much worse than when the farmer was in charge.
I chose Animal Farm: A Fairy Story as my second book for this year partly out of guilt. It’s a book I should have read long ago, and I’m glad I finally have. Animal Farm is as thought provoking today as it was when it was first published in 1946.
About the author, George Orwell:
In 1903 George Orwell was born in India (a British colony at the time). He attended schools throughout England, and after finishing his formal education, George worked as a policeman in Burma, a teacher in London and a journalist in Paris. Orwell voluntarily fought in the Spanish Civil War, but when World War 2 came around, he was unable to serve for medical reasons. During the Second World War, Orwell worked for BBC radio and began writing Animal Farm. He became and continues to be internationally renowned for Animal Farm and for his later work Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Fun Fact: "George Orwell" is a pen name. His legal name was Eric Arthur Blair.
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