animal farm / george orwell
"the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already
it was impossible to say which was which."
Animal Farm is, so far, the most brilliant story that I've ever read.
Touching so deep on political concepts and socialist ideals, it would be disbelieving to actually grasp that this book by George Orwell is actually an animal fable -- but even more than just that. A symbolic animal fable, that is. Not just something that talks of animals revolting against the oppression hurled against them by humans -- in their case, a specific farmer named Mr. Jones -- but of an essence much deeper than that. Thinking of it leaves me so stunned and amazed at how masterfully well-crafted this novel was.
I am absolutely in love with this story.
Devouring this book up in just 6 hours, I was already stunned at the very first chapter, the brilliance of it all when they the animals of the farm came together as comrades to oppose humans for taking advantage of the animals. It didn't take too long for me to even realize that the story was based off the Russian Revolution. And how Joseph Stalin (leader of the Soviet Union) and Leon Trotsky (Marxist revolutionary theorist and politician) were integrated in this book through the Animal Farm that was established.
This was a book that was never brought upon in my World History class for reasons unknown. I could only wish that this was discussed. I still can't even get over the intelligent plot and symbolic aspects of this book! It left me completely gushing in the end!
What I loved most about this book was the way it accurately symbolized and represented the socialist ideals that were brought during the Revolution. How it portrayed the animals' motive to revolt against humans, and how Stalin and Trotsky were included in the book through the form of animals. Everything was pieced up together, and I was just so amazed over Orwell's masterpiece. It was completely beautiful!
This surely isn't a typical book that we, book bloggers, would normally read. I seriously urge you all to read this because, although political, it doesn't directly manifest its concepts to readers. It takes a whole lot of analyzing hidden key concepts, and when you uncover them when you're done, you just feel MINDBLOWN.
All animals are equal.
But some animals are more equal than others.