Animal farm

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others

Animal Farm is a very transparent allegory of the post-1917 Russia – so transparent that most of the references you get upon first glance. It’s a classic – and I think everyone knows it (or at least of it)…but I only got to it just now. I liked it a lot, but it’s not (nor is it meant to be) a 1984. It’s rather satisfying that Orwell saw right through the Soviet propaganda and both the initial concept of animalism and its later corruption (and many addenda and associated brainwashing) are eerily similar to the real thing.

With pop culture having bestowed so much love on it, you have to wonder if over-usage doesn’t dilute its meaning. If history teaches us nothing, we should hope that at least literature will.


~ by ameer on December 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “Animal farm”

  1. There are some genius in this world who wrote 150 years ago books that are more actual than the reality 🙂

  2. I rather enjoyed Animal Farm ;3 though I can’t say I appreciated it as much as I would now (I was 15). It made me smile, think, question. Everything an enjoyable novel should do. It also has the charm of relating to many eras of government, and as most of Orwell’s works do, reaches over the bridge of time to be just as quaint and relative as it was in his day.

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