When a group of farm animals overthrow their human master, they decide to take control of the farm and rename it “Animal Farm”. This timeless classic by George Orwell is a grim satire on politics, communism and the evils of totalitarianism.
Summary of the Book
Under the influence of an old ballad, two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, decide to overthrow Farmer Jones. They rally the animals together, ousting Jones who becomes a laughing stock at the neighbouring farms for having lost control of his land to his own animals. The event is known as the Battle of the Cowshed and the other animals begin to praise Napoleon and Snowball for their bravery and leadership. The two pigs take charge of the Manor Farm, dubbing it “Animal Farm”. They begin by setting out the commandments of the farm, stating that “All animals are created equal”. However, discord breaks out among the animals who try to set up a communist regime, leading to Snowball's exit from the farm. Soon, Napoleon gives in to totalitarian ideals and the other animals learn a grim truth. All animals are indeed created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
About George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell, was an English writer born in Burma. He is best remembered for his essays, his diaries, his novels, including 1984 and Down and Out in Paris and London.
Orwell is considered to be a pioneering novelist and thinker, responsible for the rise of the dystopian literature genre. It is, therefore, no small achievement that the word Orwellian has become a synonym for totalitarian regimes and their ideals.
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